Tennis: Queen Elizabeth stands down as All England Club patron

Queen Elizabeth has relinquished her role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), home of the Wimbledon championships, after 64 years and will be replaced by The Duchess of Cambridge, a statement from the club said on Tuesday.

The long-serving British monarch, who turned 90 in April, memorably presented the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy to home favorite Virginia Wade after she won the women’s singles title in 1977, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year.

The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be a keen tennis fan and she cheered on Murray from the Royal Box this year as he beat Canada’s Milos Raonic to win his second Wimbledon title, having missed his 2013 triumph.

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