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The Queen lived and loved sporting legacies and had own box at Wimbledon

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Horse racing might have been the Queen's first love - but her passion for British sport extended well beyond her one great pastime.Queen Elizabeth is reported to have fallen in love with her future husband on a tennis court in Devon back in 1939, when King George VI took his daughters to the Royal Naval College, where a teenage Prince Phillip could be seen showing off his skills.So it came as no surprise that having begun her reign in 1952, Wimbledon would become just one of Britain's most iconic sporting venues Her Majesty would frequent on a regular basis.READ MORE: Determined Queen's health battle which she bravely fought for Platinum Jubilee partyShe did have her own box on Centre Court, after all.

And it was from there the Queen watched spellbound as Virginia Wade beat Betty Stove in 1977 to be crowned Women's Singles Champion.Dressed in dashing pink, the Queen strode onto the hallowed turf to present Wade with the Rosewater Dish on what just happened to also be Her Majesty's silver jubilee and the centenary of the All England Club.It was a moment that defined Wade's life and she later recalled, "I think knowing that the Queen was going to be there made me feel, 'Well, if she is going to be there, I better be there.

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