Wimbledon: Duke of Kent stepping down as All England Club president

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The Duke of Kent is stepping down arsenic the president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) aft much than 50 years.

The Queen's archetypal cousin, 85, has presented trophies to much than 350 winners including Bjorn Borg, Billie Jean King, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Sir Andy Murray.

He said helium was "incredibly proud" to person held the position.

The AELTC paid tribute to his "extraordinary service".

The duke made his archetypal quality arsenic president successful 1969, presenting Rod Laver and Ann Jones with their trophies.

He volition contiguous the trophies to the winners of this year's tourney for the last clip this weekend.

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image captionThe Duke of Kent archetypal presented the trophies astatine Wimbledon successful 1969 including to Rod Laver (pictured)

Over the years helium has besides opened caller courts, including No 1 Court successful 1997, arsenic good arsenic the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum successful 1977.

The duke said: "It has been an honour to service this singular instauration for arsenic agelong arsenic I have.

"To person seen this tournament, and the crippled of tennis, turn and animate generations implicit the span of 5 decades has been an bonzer experience, and I americium incredibly arrogant to person been portion of it.

"I look guardant present to watching arsenic the young players of contiguous prosecute ever higher standards of excellence, and I shall proceed to cheer them connected arsenic they do."

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image captionThe Duke of Kent is watched connected by erstwhile title winners during the opening ceremonial for the caller No 1 Court successful 1997

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image captionThe Duke presents Venus Williams with the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles trophy successful 2007

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image captionThe Duke of Kent presents Novak Djokovic with the Wimbledon trophy successful 2018

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image captionThe Duke of Kent talks to the Duchess of Cambridge astatine this year's Wimbledon

Ian Hewitt, president of the AELTC, said: "A batch has changed astatine Wimbledon successful the clip that the duke has been our president, from our champions to our grounds, and yet truthful overmuch has stayed the same.

"Our traditions are astatine the halfway of what we do, and we convey the duke astir warmly for his dedication."

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