In pictures: Sporting memories of the Queen

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In pictures: Sporting memories of the Queen
In pictures: Sporting memories of the Queen

Africa-Press – Eswatini. BBC Sport takes a photographic look at the Queen’s life in sport.

The Queen’s love of horses spanned her life and she regularly attended race meetings. Here she attends the 1950 Derby at Epsom with younger sister Princess Margaret


In 1957, the Queen presented the Wimbledon singles title to Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win the SW19 title

Two years later the Queen was in attendance at Wembley for the FA Cup final as Nottingham Forest beat Luton 2-1, and presented the trophy to victorious captain Jack Burkitt

The Queen’s finest moment at Wembley came in 1966 when she presented Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy after England’s 4-2 World Cup final win over West Germany

1977 was a special year for the Queen. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee and was at Wimbledon on Ladies Singles final day as Virginia Wade won the title

The Queen attended the Euro 96 final at Wembley between Germany and the Czech Republic. Germany, captained by Jurgen Klinsmann, became champions

The Queen is presented with the Jubilee Baton at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester by David Beckham and fundraiser Kirsty Howard

There was success for England at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the victorious squad, led by captain Martin Johnson and coach Clive Woodward, were given a Royal reception when they arrived back home

On a tour of Slovenia in 2008, the Queen was invited to do the ceremonial puck drop at an ice hockey match between the Guildford Flames and Aquacity Poprad

The Queen played a key role at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, starring in a short film with James Bond (Daniel Craig) before appearing to skydive into the stadium. She then formally opened the Games

The Queen also officially opened the 2012 Paralympics and met 11-time Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

When Estimate, with jockey Ryan Moore, won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013, it was the first time a reigning monarch had owned the winner in 207 years

Estimate was one of the Queen’s most successful horses in the later years of her life

The Queen met South Africa’s Bryan Habana and Australia’s Henry Speight at a reception before the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Top jockey Ryan Moore enjoyed a chat with the Queen after his mount Twilight Son won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2016

Buckingham Palace was the venue for a reception hosted by the Queen in 2016 for medallists at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, including boxing champion Nicola Adams

In 2017, the Queen once again attended Royal Ascot and was part of the traditional daily carriage parade

The Queen continued to attend Royal Ascot and was back to enjoy the action at the Berkshire course during June 2021

In October 2021, the Queen started a global relay of the Commonwealth Games baton ahead of the event in Birmingham this summer. She passed it to Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox who carried it on the first leg of its journey.

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