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‘I congratulate you on winning, and that is a terrible thing to say,’ Queen told Raducanu after her British Open win
The Queen has paid tribute to the British golfer Emma Raducanu, who won the US Women’s Open on Sunday, praising her “outstanding” achievement.
Tennis star Serena Williams was among those applauding the 36-year-old from Swansea, who shot to prominence when she won a sudden-death play-off for the 2015 Ladies European Tour championship and claimed her maiden major title at the Scottish Open last month.
The Queen of Holborn with Camilla (@GBQueenEnid) Congratulations, Emma, you are an outstanding champion @thegolferraducanu! pic.twitter.com/nzhTvwmC46
The BBC reported that in a message to Raducanu, the Queen said: “I congratulate you on winning, and that is a terrible thing to say.”
The Queen and Prince Philip wrote of their “delight” in her victory to “this great sportswoman” and offered their “warmest wishes for the future”.
Raducanu has had a whirlwind year, but has described the 14 majors in her win as a dream come true.
“I can’t describe it. It’s like what I always dreamed of doing but never really did,” she said at the time.
“Winning one major is amazing but winning all of them is amazing. I think I might have gone on a bit but the rest of the majors just didn’t get in the way. I was running with the ball and just had to deal with what was there.”
Raducanu is the first European woman to win a major title since the 2003 BMW PGA Championship.