It's official! Kate Middleton replaces Queen Elizabeth II as Wimbledon Royal Patron

Updated: Dec 22, 2016, 10:42 IST | Agencies

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II yesterday announced that she will be stepping down as patron of 25 charities, including from Wimbledon, in a step towards easing workload ahead of her 91st birthday next year

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London: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II yesterday announced that she will be stepping down as patron of 25 charities, including from Wimbledon, in a step towards easing workload ahead of her 91st birthday next year.

Buckingham Palace said the announcement was the start of a process that would see patronages passed on to other royal family members in the coming months, believed to be a way of allowing the monarch to make fewer public appearances.


The Duke of Kent and Queen Elizabeth II at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London. Pic/Getty Images

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, better known as Wimbledon, will go to tennis fan Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Kate is a regular at Wimbledon. This July, she met former tennis player Greg Rusedski and the ball boys and girls during her visit.

The Queen has been Patron of the world's oldest tennis tournament Wimbledon since 1952, the first year of her reign, though she is not a tennis fan and has only taken her place in the royal box a handful of times.

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