Queen Elizabeth Misses Royal Ascot For The First Time In Her 68-Year Reign

Written by on June 16, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Nothing has saved Queen Elizabeth II away from the Royal Ascot horse racing assembly throughout her 68-year reign as U.Ok. monarch — not being pregnant, a speech to Parliament and even an outbreak of foot-and-mouth illness.

However this 12 months, the 94-year-old queen won’t be attending Royal Ascot, which begins Tuesday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is among the nation’s most high-profile horse racing occasions and one which successfully launches a terrific British summer time of sport that additionally contains Wimbledon tennis and golf’s Open Championship.

Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse 'Fabricate' run in the Wolferton Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018. 

Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse ‘Fabricate’ run within the Wolferton Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018. 

In contrast to Wimbledon and the British Open, Royal Ascot has not been canceled on account of the coronavirus pandemic, although spectators can be absent. Greater than 300,000 visitors, as a rule dressed of their Sunday greatest, would have been anticipated to attend the five-day assembly.

The queen has been isolating at Windsor Citadel, west of London, along with her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, over the previous three months. It wouldn’t have been a lot of a drive to get to Ascot— barely 20 minutes.

However within the period of the coronavirus, that’s not attainable, and the racing-mad monarch should make do with watching the races on tv. In any case, she has a number of horses working over the approaching days, together with First Receiver, ridden by Frankie Dettori within the Queen’s racing colours, on Wednesday.  

As an proprietor, the queen could have entry to a digital Royal Ascot parade ring whereas viewing her horses from the security of Windsor Citadel. She has gained round 7 million kilos ($9 million) in prize cash from horse racing prior to now three a long time.

Princess Anne looks on as Queen Elizabeth II pats her Gold Cup winning horse Estimate on Ladies Day of Royal Ascot on June 20

Princess Anne appears to be like on as Queen Elizabeth II pats her Gold Cup profitable horse Estimate on Women Day of Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England.

“While the final word expertise of being at Royal Ascot sadly isn’t attainable this 12 months, we hope that what we’re planning will make possession at house as particular as attainable,” mentioned Nick Smith, director of racing and public affairs at Ascot.

Ascot can also be inviting followers throughout the globe to decorate up and put on Royal Ascot’s unofficial trademark — a hat — and to share selfies on social media.


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