A lifelong lover of horse racing, the Queen will be disappointed that she was unable to do tonight’s Epsom Derby in person.
Her Majesty has been forced to retire due to her mobility issues after suffering some “inconveniences” at Thursday’s Trooping the Color ceremony.
It was the second Platinum Jubilee event that she decided to miss to give her more time to rest at her home in Windsor Castle.
Instead, the Queen will be watching today’s horse race on TV and has been given a commemorative race card to follow the action.
Among the royals at the sold-out racecourse today is the 96-year-old monarch’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall.
When asked what the Queen would be doing today, she said: “She’s just going to sit on the sofa and watch TV. She will be in her comfortable clothes.’
Zara was joined by her husband, former rugby player Mike Tindall, and her mother Princess Anne, who now represents Her Majesty.
Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and brother Peter Phillips are also attending the race event.
Peter was pictured with his girlfriend, who has been reported as Lindsay Wallace.
It’s rare that the girlfriend of a member of the royal family attends such a high-profile event.
Anne, the Princess Royal, was pictured smiling and laughing as the family received a warm welcome from the cheering crowd.
The Princess was later given a painting of Dunfermline, the Queen’s winner of the Oaks race in 1977, as a gift to the Monarch.
Peter, Zara and Mike were seen on the King’s Box balcony during the second race of the day, although no celebrations took place after filly Bashkirova claimed victory.
The jubilee celebrations took place in the Queen’s absence, with 40 jockeys, having ridden for the owner-breeder, donning royal racing silks and forming an honor guard before the national anthem was sung.
Five of the monarch’s former racehorses were also paraded, and a selection of hats inspired by the seven decades of her reign were on display.
Zara said it was “amazing” to see a procession of the Queen’s jockeys, past and present, arriving through an honor guard.
“It was so nice to see so many faces. It was fun to see them trying to fit back into the colors, all the retirees,” she said.
“Of course we would love it if she (the Queen) were here. But it’s nice to be here. I’ve never been to Epsom. It is exciting. I have to go and explore it.”
Mike added: “The Queen is such a wonderful woman and I’ve said that many times before, but in terms of how you want to be a leader, she’s that person and someone who sets an example.
“It’s such a shame she’s not here with us but I know she will be tuned in and watching from home.”
Frankie Dettori and Willie Carson, who has ridden some of the Queen’s most memorable winners, lined part of the course with the other jockeys.
Describing to BBC News the pride he felt driving for the Queen in her racing colours, Dettori said: ‘Every time you see those (colours) on your hook, you (have) this sense of importance, and it’s a great honor.
‘Look, she’s a great horseracing lover and like you said she’s only missed the Derby twice.
“But I’m sure she will find a TV today and watch live because she loves the derby so much.
“She has been breeding horses for over 60 years, knows all the bloodlines, has won many races and is very knowledgeable.”
It comes after the Queen’s lone runner, Just Fine, was removed from the World Pool Northern Dancer Handicap in Thursday’s 48-hour explanation period.
Her hopes of winning the Derby were dashed in early May when her horse, a favorite, Reach For The Moon, and two others were withdrawn.
Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four of the five flat race classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger, evading only the Derby.
Today’s races were disrupted by Animal Rebellion protesters, with police having to drag away six protesters who ran onto the track.
The group said it wanted to make a “final statement” on “the cruelty and harm that the horse racing industry represents”.
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