Queen Elizabeth 11: Top 10 England’s Sports Achievements During the Queen’s Reign

Queen Elizabeth 11: Top 10 England’s Sports Achievements During the Queen’s Reign

  • Sports have changed significantly throughout the 70-year reign of of Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II
  • The Queen of Britain passed on peacefully on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Balmoral at the age of 96
  • Sports Brief looks at England’s top ten greatest sporting moments throughout her reign

The reign of Her Royal Majesty of England Queen Elizabeth II stood at 25, 782 days, or 70 years, making her United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch.

The Queen passed on Thursday, September 8, at Balmoral Castle aged 96.

Her family – including the heir to the throne Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry – made their way to her Scottish estate to support the Queen and be by her side as she passed.

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Queen Elizabeth II was there when England lifted the World Cup. Credit: @espnuk
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Over seven decades on the throne, the Queen oversaw a number of major events – not least in the sporting world.

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Sport was a significant feature of Her reign, from attending events to handing over trophies, most famously in 1966 when England lifted the World Cup at Wembley.

And following her demise, Sports Brief looks at Great Britain’s top ten greatest sporting moments throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Lewis Hamilton wins 7th Formula One title - 2020

Matching the great Michael Schumacher takes some doing and in 2020, Lewis Hamilton did exactly that by winning his 7th Drivers’ World Championship.

Hamilton has personally met the Queen on more than one occasion, and he was even reprimand by the Royal Majesty during lunch at Buckingham Palace.

As reported by The Daily Star, the F1 driver broke protocol during a visit to the Palace, and the Queen was quick to put him in his place. In 2015 Hamilton recounted the story and admitted that it was one he will never forget.

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Sir Steve Redgrave becomes a five-time champion - 2000

British rowing legend and Laureus Academy Member Steve Redgrave won five Olympic gold medals at five Olympiads starting from rom Los Angeles in 1984.

He won his fifth gold medal at his fifth Olympic Games at Sydney 2000 at the age of 38! The rower showed remarkable dedication to the sport, and his longevity makes him a true great.

Kelly Holmes wins double gold - 2004

34-year-old Kelly Holmes was a British hopeful for the 800m and 1500m in Athens, but remarkably came away with two Olympic gold medals after two sensational performances.

Her wide-eyed disbelief at what she had achieved is one of the best sporting pictures this century.

England win the Rugby World Cup - 2003

Another dramatic finish for England in a final. This time, against Australia, in Australia, they won the Rugby Union World Cup thanks to the boot of Jonny Wilkinson, who wrote his name into sporting immortality with that famous drop goal.

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England end Ashes barren spell - 2005

Australia were on a dominant run of eight successive Ashes wins when they visited these shores in 2005 and yet England had something special in store. Despite losing the first Test, Freddie Flintoff shone in a glorious summer as England secured a 2-1 Series win to regain the Ashes.

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon - 2013

Andy Murray was taken into the nation’s hearts in 2012 as he cried after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer.

But a year later, he would taste the ultimate success, and in doing so he broke Great Britain’s 77 year wait for a Men's Singles Championship winner. Historic.

Super Over decides Cricket World Cup final - 2019

This is the most thrilling and bizarre finish in Cricket World Cup history!

In 2019, England needed a miracle deflection from Ben Stokes to force a Super Over, before Jos Buttler stumped Martin Guptill in the most dramatic sporting finish you will ever see.

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Roger Bannister breaks down barriers - 1954

This man needs no introduction. A remarkable feat as Bannister became the first man to break the four minute mile barrier.

His approach to training and his mindset made this exceptional man achieve what was considered impossible.

England win the World Cup - 1966

On home soil again, England’s only victory at a major football tournament goes down as the second greatest moment. Can Gareth Southgate’s men equal the achievement of Bobby Moore and co. later this year?

England goes wild on Super Saturday - 2012

Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford won three gold medals for Team GB in the space of 44 minutes at a home Olympic Games. It simply doesn’t get bigger, or more spectacular than this.

Formula 1 drivers and teams pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following the passing of Her Royal Highness

The Formula 1 world has paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her passing earlier today.

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The Queen, aged 96, passed away peacefully at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Numerous tributes have since poured in for Her Majesty, with the Formula 1 world also paying their respects now, the F1 website reported.

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