Her Majesty has been forced to watch Royal Ascot from her home in Windsor Castle as the infamous horse racing event has been closed to spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. Considered a highlight in her royal diary, the Queen will undoubtedly be watching the races live on TV in Windsor and will be disappointed with First Receiver’s nail biting result.
First Receiver, who was ridden by Frankie Dettori, was beaten by Russian Emperor in the Hampton Court Stakes at 1.50pm.
The Queen spoke about about how “Ascot will feel different for many” in her traditional introduction on the event’s racecards.
She sent her best wishes as the Royal Ascot kicked off on Tuesday.
Her Majesty wrote: “In these challenging times, we are once again delighted to welcome the best horses and jockeys from across the world and pay tribute to those who have helped make this race meeting possible.
“This year Ascot will feel different for many, as it is so often a chance for friends, families and colleagues to gather together and enjoy a shared passion.
“I am sure, however, that with the valiant efforts of the organisers, owners, trainers and stable staff, it will remain one of Britain’s finest sporting occasions and a highlight of the racing calendar.
“To everyone attending Royal Ascot, in person or virtually, I hope you have a most enjoyable and unique week of racing.”
Her Majesty has had to forgo the traditional royal procession which usually marks the start of the racing day.
However the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall confirmed yesterday to ITV that Her Majesty will be following the races from home.
Zara said: “To be able to have some runners she will be really excited with some good prospects for the future as well.”
The Queen also has Tactical racing in the Windsor Castle Stakes a t4.10pm.
Tactical came third on his only outing so far and is trained by Andrew Balding, who won the first Classic of the season earlier this month.
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