File photo of Queen Elizabeth II at the Lord's cricket ground. (Getty Images)
London: Queen Elizabeth II will be present at the Lord's Cricket Ground to watch the opening day of the second Ashes Test here on Thursday. The Queen would be introduced to the captains and the players of Australia and England, as well as the match officials before the start of play.
She will also visit the Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) famous Long Room, and meet the coaching staff of both the teams before taking a seat on the MCC balcony to watch some of the day's play, according to the Daily Telegraph. The 87-year-old British monarch is patron of the MCC and will be guided around the ground by its secretary Derek Brewer and president Mike Griffith.
During her last visit to Lord's, the England team went on to dominate their Australian opponents and the local supporters would be hoping for the same on Thursday with the presence of the special spectator.
On that day in July 2009, Australia suffered a batting collapse late in the day and were left with the unedifying prospect of following on. England went on to win the match by 115 runs - only the second time the Australians had ever lost a Test at Lord's.