Queen Elizabeth II was “absolutely down to earth,” according to British tennis icon Virginia Wade, and Roger Federer was “extremely captivated with her” when they first met in 2010. The Queen passed away on Thursday, according to a statement from the Royal Family. She was 96 years old.
The Queen visited The All England Club four times during her lifetime: in 1957, 1962, 1977, and 2010. Wade and Federer were two of the few individuals chosen in 2010 to have the privilege of dining with the Queen.
Wade: Federer was utterly enamored with the Queen because she was so brilliant.
“I had the good fortune to be invited to Buckingham Palace with the Queen in a very select group, “Wade spoke with the PA news outlet.
“When the Queen visited Wimbledon in 2010, I felt extremely lucky. We had lunch at a tiny table. Roger Taylor, Ann Jones, and Angela Mortimer were present. There might have only been eight of us. She had Roger’s undivided attention. She was very sharp and intelligent.
Every encounter you’ve had with the Queen will live in your memory. It was extremely nice to get to know them in a small manner and realize that on the other end there was a real person and no airs and graces. I’ve had quite a few people simply shake my hand and say nothing.
The most significant woman in the world, she was also the most normal person. She was kind and had a great sense of humor, but I don’t think she could put up with any crap. Wade won her maiden Wimbledon championship in 1977 after defeating Betty Stove.
Wade received the trophy from the Queen at the on-court award ceremony. Wade claimed in the same interview that her victory at Wimbledon in 1977 was motivated by learning that the Queen would be attending.