All sporting events were cast into disarray with the coronavirus pandemics continued rampage in the UK. Royal Ascot, despite the outbreak, is set to go ahead this year, starting today.
Her Majesty the Queen will tune in from Windsor Castle to watch the Royal Ascot remotely.
The week-long racing event is taking place behind closed doors this year, for the first time in 250 years.
This is because of the continued coronavirus outbreak making large crowds impossible.
More than 300,000 racegoers normally gather at the Berkshire course for the week of top-class racing and indulgence.
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Queen Elizabeth has never missed Royal Ascot since ascending to throne in 1952.
She is said to be “very much looking forward” to the week’s entertainment, and is also said to be delighted the festival is going ahead.
ITV Racing holds the broadcasting rights to the iconic horse racing event.
Last year saw a 70,000 strong crowd enjoying the festivities.
The royal family, including Her Majesty, have all been self-isolating due to the ongoing pandemic.
It was reported in May that The Queen will stay in Windsor Castle “indefinitely” due to her age and significance.
A royal source told the Sunday Times: “The Queen won’t do anything which goes against the advice of people in her [age] category and she’s going to take all the appropriate advice…
“She’d want to be seen to be being responsible in her actions.”
It comes as betting shops, along with other non-essential businesses, have reopened just in time for a heavy week of sport.
According to Ladbrokes, Frankie Dettori, now 49, is favourite to be crowned top jockey at Royal Ascot again this year.
Nicola McGeady, of Ladbrokes, said: “Royal Ascot is the biggest week of the year on the flat-racing calendar and with sports fans thrilled to have live action back on their screens, we expect this week to be extremely busy.
“The one man we fear most is Frankie Dettori.
“Frankie fever has already set in after the popular Italian jockey had an incredible week at the meeting last year.”