“The more I get to know people, the more I like horses.” The Queen could have made this replica of Philippe Noiret her own in the movie. crooked cops. His love for nags was just as good as his love for corgi dogs. From early childhood, Elizabeth was engaged in horse riding and racetracks (Epsom derby, Royal Ascot). Sincere passion. Archive footage shows this. Elizabeth didn’t follow the protocol of racing to be front row on the racetrack, not to miss anything at the show. Then she followed the path of her favorite horse excitedly, sticking binoculars in her eyes. In football, he says his heart oscillates between West Ham and Arsenal. Set. But neutrality demands it, we don’t know which of these two London clubs he prefers. The Queen was fond of sports activities. During the 2012 Olympics, she didn’t hesitate to stage herself with Daniel Craig (James Bond), simulating a skydiving above the Olympic stadium in London.
Overshadowed by a marathon meeting
Elizabeth, on the other hand, did not like tennis. Although his father, George VI, played doubles at Wimbledon, he hardly ever set foot there. His cousin, the Duke of Kent, has been presenting the trophy to winners for decades. The Queen has only been to Wimbledon four times. In 1977 she witnessed the victory of British champion Virginia Wade. On the other hand, she didn’t travel for the glory of Scottish Andy Murray in 2013. A historic success. It’s been 77 years since Her Majesty’s one male subject lifted the trophy. His last visit to Wimbledon dates back to 2010. The Queen was later introduced to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, after which she attended a match with Andy Murray. But he has no luck, his presence is marred by another event, an extraordinary match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. A marathon meeting that lasted more than 11 hours due to interruptions due to rain and darkness… it was played for three days.
Is the Wimbledon tournament too commercial?
However, Elizabeth’s disappointment at Wimbledon was staggering. Considered the temple of tennis, the London tournament is not a bling bling event. The atmosphere there is strange. People come to attend a ceremony. Communion in an English garden covered with hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and orchids. Unlike Roland-Garros and the US Open, there is very little advertising on the courts. The slogan Wimbledon, borrowed from Rudyard Kipling, inspires humility. “If you face victory and defeat, treat these two impostors equally.” Anything to please Elizabeth. No.
The Queen saw the ordeal as very commercial. He didn’t like Pimm’s, the local drink that drank Gin-Dubonnet. On the other hand, he loved to interact with the players. During her first visit to Wimbledon in the early 1950s, the then princess sat next to American champion Gardnar Mulloy. The latter questioned him about his absence from the royal box. One of the hostesses said that the royal family has many obligations. So Mulloy replied, “Well, I thought it was because you couldn’t get tickets. If it were, I’d be happy to give them to you”. In 1957, Queen Elizabeth presented the Wimbledon men’s doubles trophy to Budge Patty and Gardnar Mulloy. Mulloy then asks if he remembers her. The sovereign’s reply: “I remember you very well. I must also say that I had some difficulty getting here today because you didn’t give me my tickets.”