The Queen is returning to Wimbledon after 33 years

Tuesday June 22, 2010

With the Williams sisters, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and of course Britain's Andy Murray all embarking on their Wimbledon campaigns, there is no shortage of star power this year.

But on Thursday, spectators at the All England Club will be in for an extra treat when the country's most iconic figure, the Queen, is expected to make an appearance.

The last time the monarch attended Wimbledon was back in 1977 when she presented Virginia Wade with the ladies' trophy during her Silver Jubilee year (pictured).

But it will be the male British number one who will have to chance to play on centre court in front of the Queen this time – provided Andy makes it through to the next round.

Earlier this week there were a number of stories circulating about how the 23-year-old would acknowledge the royal if he makes it to centre court.

But, writing on Twitter, Andy has set the record straight.

"Few stories about me not bowing to the Queen if I play in front of her," he said. "Not the case, would be an honour and privilege, of course I'll bow."

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