Zara Tindall, 39, and her husband Mike were dressed to the nines as they made a video call appearance on ITV’s Royal Ascot 2020 coverage on Tuesday. Zara is Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest granddaughter and shares her love for horses. The Olympic equestrian said she was “sad” not be able to attend the races this year as Royal Ascot 2020 goes ahead behind doors and also let slip how she thinks the Queen will be spending it.
The Queen is one of Britain’s biggest racehorse owners and breeders and has several runners at Royal Ascot this week.
The event is said to be the Queen’s favourite week of the year and she attends all five days.
Asked whether the Queen would be watching the races unfold, Zara said: “She will be glued to the television as always and really sad not to be there.
“To be able to have some runners she will be really excited with some good prospects for the future as well.”
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While the Queen was unable to attend Day One of Royal Ascot in person she penned a special tribute to all those their.
The Queen wrote a moving message to racing fans everywhere that was printed in the Royal Ascot 2020 race card.
The Queen’s message read: “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.”
The coronavirus pandemic means this will be the first time the Queen has been unable to attend Ascot during her 68-year reign.
The Queen has been spending lockdown just six miles away from Ascot racecourse at Windsor Castle where she will be watching the races this week.
There are three new races added to the schedule this year all of which have royal names.
While the Queen may be glued to the telly she is unlikely to be joined by her husband Prince Philip, 99, who has a limited interest in horse racing.
Author Tim Heald touches on Philip’s disinterest in horse racing in his royal biography “The Duke: A Portrait of Prince Philip.”
Mr Heald writes: “Horse racing appears to be the least of the Duke’s equine passions and although he is invariable in the carriage on the drive to races he frequently seems to be missing during the racing itself.”
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has been attending and commentating on Royal Ascot since the 1970s.
He told Express.co.uk: “Before his retirement, Prince Philip invariably attended Royal Ascot with the Queen but is known to have a preference for watching the cricket.”