Jackie Stewart: I’m honored to be a friend of the Queen

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, who ruled longer than any other monarch in the history of the United Kingdom, from 1952 to 2022, took place in London today.

The leadership of Formula 1 reacted to this event, all the British championship teams, honored the memory of Elizabeth II and Sir Jackie Stewart, a three-time world champion, who was awarded a knighthood in 2001 for his sporting achievements and social activities.

“I had the great honor of being her friend. Without fear of being misunderstood, I will say that of all the women I met in my life, it was she who made the strongest impression, – said Stewart. “Her Majesty occupied a very special place in my little world, and I was very lucky, we met through Princess Anna, who in 1973 was recognized as Sportswoman of the Year, and it was then that I became Sportsman of the Year.

After that, we developed friendly relations, we met many times at various events, including in the royal estates in Scotland and at Buckingham Palace. Together with Helen, my wife, we often received Her Majesty at our home, and this was a special privilege.

Once there was such a case: the chairman of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) invited Her Majesty to celebrate my 80th birthday, but after a couple of weeks they reported from the palace that the queen, unfortunately, would not be able to visit us.

And soon I was invited to the royal residence, Sandringham Palace, and there we practiced shooting, after which there was a tea party in the afternoon, and I told Her Majesty that I was sorry that she could not attend my birthday celebration at the Royal Automobile Club.

“What birthday?” the queen asked.

I replied: “My 80th birthday, we will celebrate it at the RAC, and you are the president of this club, and we hoped that you could be there.”

She said, “OK, I’ll figure it out.”

And two days later, we were informed from the royal palace that Her Majesty would be very happy to attend my anniversary, and it was wonderful because my whole family was there.”

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