Queen has ‘dislike’ for tennis and has only visited Wimbledon four times in rule

The Queen has visited Wimbledon just four times during her 70-year reign, as royal experts reveal the monarch has a “dislike” for tennis.

Whilst top royals including Prince William and Kate Middleton are keen fans of the sport and frequently watch the tournament, Her Majesty clearly does not share the same love.

But she has still attended several matches over her rule, the first being in 1957 before she appeared again in 1962 to present the trophy to Australian legend Rod Laver.

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She was present again in 1977 to see British sensation Virginia Wade scoop the women’s singles competition, before her final appearance in 2010 to watch Andy Murray.

Journalist Ainhoa Barcelona explained the monarch’s apathy towards the sport last year.

Writing in Hello! magazine, she said: “It's never been her favourite sport and, in the past, she has always attended Wimbledon in her role as patron.”

Royal expert Brian Hoey confirmed the 96-year-old wasn’t interested in tennis in his 2020 book.

He claimed: “Tennis is not on the list of royal favourite sports” and also revealed the monarch’s daughter Princess Anne “is also not much of an enthusiast”.

Writer Teresa Paddington also listed tennis among the Queen’s “dislikes” in her 2012 book, ‘The Elizabeth II Pocket Bible’.

Although the Queen doesn’t enjoy watching the sport, the same can’t be said for grandson William.

In fact, the Duke of Cambridge’s passion for the sport is so strong he was spotted “dropping an F-bomb".

Eagle-eyed royal fans spotted the top royal shaking his head and seemingly muttering "no, no, no, f**k it" during Cameron Norrie's quarter final against David Goffin on Tuesday.

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He was caught on camera looking annoyed with his head in his hands during the explicit clip, before he adjusted his tie and looked around.

Although the Queen doesn’t enjoy watching tennis, her few visits to Wimbledon went down a treat.

The president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club described her appearances as “a great honour”.


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