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Queen Elizabeth to Visit Wimbledon for First Time Since 1977

May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Queen Elizabeth II will visit the Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time since 1977, the All England Club said.

The British monarch will visit the tournament on June 24, the event host said in a statement on its website. Queen Elizabeth, 84, is a patron of the club.

“We are delighted and honored that the Queen has indicated that she will be attending the championships this year and we very much look forward to welcoming Her Majesty back,” club Chairman Tim Phillips said.

The Queen last visited the grasscourt Grand Slam event in southwest London when Virginia Wade won the women’s title, the last Briton to do so. Fred Perry was the last British man to win Wimbledon, in 1936.

Andy Murray, ranked fourth on the ATP World Tour and the country’s best hope of ending its title drought, last year lost to Andy Roddick of the U.S. in the semifinals.

This year’s event runs from June 21 to July 4.

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh at the All England Club through the London sports desk at drossingh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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