Died this Thursday at the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II was a great lover of horses, which she continued to ride until her very last years. As sovereign, she also experienced the greatest moments in English sport.
On July 31, she had published one of her last press releases to congratulate the England women’s football team, which had just been crowned European champions at Wembley. Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday at the age of 96, then greeted the “Lionesses” in these words: “ Your success goes far beyond the trophy you so well deserved. You have all set an example that will inspire girls and women today and for generations to come.. »
Wembley, an emblematic stadium for the sovereign, who had presented the World Cup to Bobby Moore, captain of the England football team, in 1966, during the only victory of the Three Lions in this legendary competition. And while Gareth Southgate’s men qualified for the Euro final in 2021, still at Wembley, she did not fail to send them her warm congratulations. An (unofficial) supporter of West Ham since the 1960s, she apparently enjoyed playing football with her family on December 24 and held the position of goalkeeper.
The queen still on horseback at 94
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If football, sport number 1 in England, has in fact had an important place in the ceremonial life of Queen Elizabeth II, it is horse riding which occupied the first place in her private life. She had received her first pony from her grandfather, King George V, and continued to ride until the very last few years. In the first photo published after the confinement linked to the coronavirus pandemic, in May 2020, it was even on a horse that the sovereign appeared. Owner of a team, she has had many successes on the racetrack, which would have brought her more than 9 million euros!
Also present from time to time at Wimbledon (the last time in 2010, for a Murray – Nieminen match) and honorary president of many federations, Queen Elizabeth has also decorated the greatest British sportsmen, with the Golden Ball Stanley Matthews to the Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, via David Beckham. And of course, when England hosted the biggest omnisport event in the world, the Summer Olympics, in 2012, she was there of course! During an exceptional opening ceremony, her arrival in the stands in the company of Prince Philip had been staged via a clip where she appeared alongside James Bond, then virtually parachuted! It is now Charles III who will succeed him. An avid supporter of the Burnley football team and a big fan of polo.