Queen Elizabeth II, 94, has penned a moving message to racing fans as she prepares to watch Royal Ascot 2020 from home.
The touching message has been printed in this year’s Royal Ascot racecards as the event is held behind doors for the first time.
Royal Ascot 2020 will take place from June 16 to June 20 and will be closed to the public.
The Queen’s moving Royal Ascot message in full
The Queen wrote: “I send my best wishes to the thousands of racing professionals and enthusiasts who will join me in celebrating this year’s Royal Ascot.
“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.”