Australian cricketers’ very cheeky requests when they met the Queen are recalled as footy boss recalls hilarious exchange with her majesty and codes reveal how they will pay tribute to the monarch
- Many of Australia’s sporting codes will pay tribute to the Queen this weekend
- ARLC chief Peter V’Landys said the NRL finals will have a minute’s silence before the game
- Like the AFL, football and cricket are expected to follow suit as a mark of respect
- Legendary Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee once asked Queen for her autograph
- Denied due to royal protocols, Lily was later sent a signed photograph
- Fellow cricketer Rodney Hogg once said the Queen had ‘nice pins’ near her
- Full coverage: Click here to see all coverage of the Queen’s death
Racing NSW boss and Australian Rugby League board chairman Peter V’landys has paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, recalling her “mischievous” smile and wicked sense of humor at a dinner earlier this year.
The NRL is expected to observe a minute’s silence before this weekend’s finals with the AFL, football and cricket expected to follow suit as a mark of respect for the 96-year-old monarch.
V’landys, in his capacity as chief executive of Racing NSW, sat next to the Queen for dinner at Royal Ascot in June earlier this year.
The Queen was a racing fan – her own horse Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013 – and V’landys presented her with a replica of the Everest trophy as a thank you for the invitation.
“She asked me why I didn’t give her the original and my answer was, ‘The original has about 6,000 diamonds on it, that’s more than you have,'” V’landys told AAP on Friday.
“The room stopped when he walked in, it was like we were looking at an angel.
Australian Rugby League chairman Peter V’landys has confirmed the NRL will observe a minute’s silence before this weekend’s finals as a mark of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II (V’Landy’s pictured at Royal Ascot in June)
V’landys, in his capacity as chief executive of Racing NSW, sat next to the Queen for a dinner at Royal Ascot – said it was like ‘looking at an angel’
“She was mischievous, her mental acuity, wit and sense of humor were amazing.
“And I was startled when she told me how she fell in love with horses when her father, King George VI, who had two horses, took her to the races when she was 16.
“She saw this wonderful horse and was fascinated by it and when she touched its neck it felt like velvet and said she hadn’t washed her hands for three days.”
Queen Elizabeth met hundreds of Australian athletes during her reign and was particularly the target of some naughty cricketers.
Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee, when he met the Queen during the 1977 Centenary Test in Melbourne, greeted the monarch with ‘g’day, Queen’ – and then asked for her autograph.
The Queen turned down Lillee’s request due to royal protocols, but later sent the Australian a signed photo of their meeting.
And during a 1981 Test match at Lord’s, Australian pacer Rodney Hogg met the monarch at a break in play.
Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee met the Queen during the 1977 Centenary Test in Melbourne – and cheekily asked for her autograph
Fellow fast bowler Rodney Hogg (pictured playing in a Legends T20 match at the WACA in 2006) was even cheekier, once saying “nice legs for an old sheila” when the Queen was within earshot
One version of events says Hogg “nice legs for an old sheila” when the Queen was within earshot.
Another version has Hogg turning to teammate Jeff Lawson, digging him in the ribs and showing the Queen’s “pegs”.
Hogg generally confirmed the latter story.
“Oh no, I certainly didn’t tell her myself, I’d be too scared for that,” Hogg was quoted as saying in 2011, some 30 years after the greeting.
“But I gave Henry (Lawson) a push and said I thought he had a good set of pins. “You must remember, she was a very attractive lady.”
A number of sporting events in Britain scheduled for Friday were cancelled, including England’s second day of Test cricket against South Africa.
The PGA Golf Championship at Wentworth in England was suspended on Thursday night when news of the Queen’s death broke, with no match being played on Friday UK time.