Inside Queen Elizabeth’s unexpected friendship with Shane Warne

Queen Elizabeth and the king of spin Shane Warne both boasted “royal” titles and on the surface, that’s where their similarities seemed to end.

However, the duo met several times throughout Her Majesty’s reign, including during a reception at Buckingham Palace in 1999 for that year’s cricket World Cup teams.

Mr Warne, who died in March aged 52, expressed his fondness for the monarch during the London 2012 Olympics, calling her opening ceremony skit the “highlight”.

The cricket legend was honoured after his passing and was made an Official of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s birthday in June.

“For distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives, and for philanthropic contributions,” the award stated.

The honour and medal were presented to Mr Warne’s son, Jackson, on Thursday, just hours before the Queen’s passing.

His eldest daughter Brooke paid tribute to the monarch on Friday morning, writing on Instagram “2022 has taken too many”.

She followed up the post with a photo of the pair in 1999, captioned “the queen and the king”.

The Queen was known to be a longtime cricket fan and visited the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London 25 times during her reign.

She died at her home in Balmoral, Scotland in the early hours of Friday AEST, aged 96.

Originally published as Inside Queen Elizabeth’s unexpected friendship with Shane Warne

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