The Queen's most famous appearances at sporting events – in pictures

Queen Elizabeth was a presence at some of the most celebrated moments in sporting history in the United Kingdom.

While her biggest sporting passion over the years was horse racing, Her Majesty watched on from the Royal Box of many of the UK’s most hallowed sporting venues with Wembley, Wimbledon and Lord’s among her many stops.

Metro.co.uk looks back at some of the most memorable images of The Queen taking in the action following her death at the age of 96.

World Cup final, 1966

The Queen was at Wembley to witness English football’s greatest moment in 1966 as Bobby Moore led his side to World Cup glory against West Germany.

An abiding memory of that day is the sight of the captain desperately trying to wipe his hands clean on his shorts before meeting her having spotted Her Majesty wearing pristine white gloves to hand the Jules Rimet Trophy over.

Wimbledon, 2010

While Prince William and Kate Middleton are more frequent visitors at SW19, The Queen made four visits to Wimbledon over the years. Her last visit was in June 2010, her first in 33 years to watch Andy Murray beat Jarko Nieminen of Finland to book his place in the third round.

‘I think for all the players, it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us,’ Murray said of meeting the Queen.

The Queen’s previous visits to Wimbledon took place in 1957, 1962 and 1977.

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Euro 1996


While Football didn’t come home that summer, the Queen was present at Wembley once again as Germany took on Czech Republic in the Euro ’96 final.

After being introduced to Jurgen Klinsmann and co. ahead of kick-off, she did the honours of handing over the trophy after Germany’s 2-1 win.

The Ashes, 2013

In 2013, The Queen made a royal visit to Lord’s cricket ground in the capital for the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

Both teams lined up on the Lord’s Pavilion to meet her, introduced first by the Australian captain, Michael Clarke, and then by England’s Alastair Cook, to the players.

Major League Baseball, 1991

While most of her iconic sporting appearances have come within the United Kingdom, the Queen also appeared at venues while on state visits across the globe.

During a 1991 visit to the US, George Bush H.W invited the Queen and Prince Phillip to take in the Great American Pastime as the Orioles hosted the Oakland Athletics at the Baltimore Memorial Stadium in a Major League Baseball match.

The two were also State-side to watch Maryland beat North Carolina in their first and only college football game 34 years earlier.

Olympics, 2012

The Queen had a memorable role to play in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in the capital.

Her Majesty appeared alongside Daniel Craig in a short James Bond sketch, getting a speaking role to boot, as 007 escorted her from Buckingham Palace to the Olympic Stadium via parachute – albeit with a stuntman filling in for that last leg.

A speech in front of world leaders officially opened the Games shortly after.

Royal Ascot, 2021



The Queen was well known for her passion for horse racing, an interest that has been passed down from generation to generation.

As an avid fan and racehorse owner, she has served as patron of Royal Ascot since coming to the throne in 1952 and has been virtually ever-present at the event over the years.

2020’s Covid lockdown ensured no one attended but Her Majesty returned for the final day of action as normal service resumed in June, much to the delight of racegoers.  

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