Wimbledon great Rod Laver pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II



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Wimbledon great Rod Laver pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver sent his deepest condolences to the Royal Family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. On Thursday, at 6.30pm UK time, the Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96.

Laver, who finished his career with 11 Grand Slam titles in singles, was a four-time champion at Wimbledon. Queen Elizabeth II visited Wimbledon in 1957, 1962, 1977 and 2010. 1962 was the year when Laver captured his second Wimbledon title and that year he was presented the Wimbledon trophy by the Queen.

"My deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom at this sad time. Rest in Peace Your Majesty," Laver wrote on Twitter.

Laver, Wimbledon paid tribute to the Queen

On Thursday, the AELTC paid tribute to the Queen and sent their deepest condolences to the Royal Fmily.

"On behalf of all at the All England Club, we wish to convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to members of The Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty dedicated her life to the service of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms, duties she undertook with great wisdom, dignity and charm for 70 years.

As our former Patron for 64 years, Her Majesty’s visits to The Championships in 1957, 1962, 1977 and 2010 were special moments in the Club’s history and were marked with enthusiasm and affection from spectators, players and colleagues alike.

During this saddest of times, we would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty for her long and unwavering service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, to the All England Club and The Championships as our Patron, and recognise her extraordinary legacy as Britain’s longest-serving monarch."

Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge and the Royal Foundation, paid a visit to The Championships this year. Prince George, 9, made his first appearance at Wimbledon. After the final, the Royal Family met Novak Djokovic, who let Prince George hold the trophy for a moment.