Inaugural lecture outlines how Queen has embraced the Olympics

A renowned sports historian will give her inaugural lecture at the University of Wolverhampton outlining how the Queen has embraced the Olympics.

Professor Jean Williams will present Send Her Victorious, Happy and Glorious: looking forward to the 2020 Olympic Games, by looking back at Elizabeth II role in promoting the Olympic Movement, at the University's Walsall Campus on September 25.

Professor Williams is an expert in women's sport and gender history at the University Institute of Human Sciences and has written extensively on the history of the Olympic Games.

She said: "The Queen has embraced Olympic spectacle in ways that no monarch before had. Little wonder then that it was her daughter, the Princess Royal who became the first of this family to become an Olympic competitor and a member of the IOC, or that her granddaughter Zara Tindall, would also follow suit.

"It is perhaps also not surprising that the Olympic Games provides the monarchy with the opportunity for moments of national communion and as such, a rich vein of connection with the viewing public."

Professor Williams has written prolifically about women’s sports history, including the book, A Contemporary History of Women’s Sports, Part One: Sporting Women, 1850-1960.

She has also written about the history of various other sports, such as women’s motor racing, Formula 1, Olympic and Paralympic history, and the history of men’s and women’s sports clothing.

The event, at the Gorway Road Campus, is free but tickets can be booked in advance via Eventbrite. It will take place from 5-7pm.


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