September 27, 2022

Boxing’s former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua appeared a really proud man when he met Queen Elizabeth II again in 2020.

Many from throughout the sporting world have been paying tribute to Her Majesty, who reigned as sovereign for 70 years earlier than her passing on Thursday on the age of 96.

Joshua spoke in entrance of a sizeable crowd at Westminster Abbey

Joshua put up respectful posts throughout his social media platforms on Thursday, having beforehand met Queen Elizabeth II two-and-a-half years in the past.

In March 2020, AJ gave an inspiring speech in entrance of the Royal Household at Westminster Abbey as a part of the Commonwealth Day service.

Joshua started: “My identify is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua and, like a lot of you right here, I’m a baby of the Commonwealth.

“I used to be born in Watford and my heritage is Nigerian. I come from the Yoruba folks, who’re the most important and a few would possibly say the loudest ethnic group in all of Africa.

“I’m proudly Nigerian and proudly British…

“As of late we hear a lot about division and distinction that some could be tempted to see that as a nasty factor.

Joshua met Queen Elizabeth II after his speech

Joshua met Queen Elizabeth II after his speech

“However quite the opposite, it’s a gorgeous factor.

“A factor to be celebrated and cherished, and a terrific supply of peace and stability.

“I really feel alternative ought to be there for the taking together with arduous work, dedication and perseverance, no matter one’s background.

“We have to try tougher collectively in an effort to create unity.

“It takes a village to boost a baby. And in the identical vein it takes an entire group to behave and stand collectively to sort out a few of the challenges we’re confronted with at the moment.”

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The Royal Family listened attentively

The Royal Household listened attentively

He concluded: “So right here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam.

“To the UK and Nigeria, and the youngsters of the Commonwealth.”

After the speech, Joshua briefly met and spoke one-to-one with Queen Elizabeth II.

It was his solely time assembly the monarch as his previously-awarded MBE and OBEs had been introduced to him by King Charles III (then Prince Charles) at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has sadly passed away at the age of 96

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The Queen has sadly handed away on the age of 96

Joshua later advised SunSport: “What I realised from assembly her was that she’s truly such a standard particular person.

“Who we see at the moment was as soon as a younger woman put able the place she needed to study her function.

“I simply mentioned hey and requested, ‘How are you?’

“After which I mentioned I do know you’re extraordinarily busy so I’m not going to maintain you too lengthy — and I advised her that her costume matched her eyes very well.

“She was very respectful, thanked me for coming and mentioned I had made a beautiful speech.”

AJ clearly has fond recollections of the expertise, as do a lot of Her Majesty no matter whether or not they met her in particular person or not.