US Open outlines semi-final tribute plans to Queen Elizabeth II following monarch's death

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The US Open is set to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following Her Majesty’s death on Thursday. The Queen, who was the UK’s longest-serving monarch after reigning for 70 years, sadly passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96.

According to PA, the US Open will hold a moment’s silence ahead of the first women’s semi-final between Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur on Thursday. And organisers at Flushing Meadows are also set to show a photo montage of the Queen at Wimbledon.

The reign of the Queen, who came to the throne in 1952, spanned austerity in the wake of WWII, the transition away from the empire to the Commonwealth and the UK’s entry into the European Union and the subsequent exit. And her tenure as Head of State also saw 15 prime ministers take to office.

The Queen tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year and had barely been seen in public in recent times. And after news broke of her deteriorating condition on Thursday morning, Buckingham Palace confirmed later in the day that she had died. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” read the statement. “The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The Queen was a patron of the All England Club for 64 years and last attended Wimbledon in 2010 as she watched Andy Murray beat Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen from the royal box. Last year, the monarch even sent a message to Emma Raducanu after the teenager had stunned Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final to lift the trophy.

“I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” read a message from the Queen at the time. “It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication.

“I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”

And Raducanu was then summoned by Royal Appointment to send Her Majesty a special Jubilee message earlier this year, with the 19-year-old saying: “I know what it feels like to feel under pressure on the tennis court. But for 70 years, you have remained calm at all times. Thank you for everything Your Majesty.”

The final of this year’s US Open women’s singles is set to take place on Saturday, with Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek set to go head-to-head in the second semi-final.

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