Queen chills in her ‘comfortable attire’ while watching Epsom Derby from home

The Queen watched all the action on TV from her home (Image: Getty Images/PA)

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.

epa09995406 Britain's Princess Anne waves to the Queen's former and current jockeys at Epsom Downs Racecourse during Derby Day in London, Britain, 04 June 2022. Britain enjoys a four day bank holiday weekend to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Princess Anne waves to the Queen’s former and current jockeys at Epsom Downs (Image: EPA)

Racegoers line the winners' corral during day two of the Epsom Derby Festival horse racing meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom, southern England June 4, 2022. - Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, has taken over duties at Epsom from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The 96-year-old monarch was due to race on Saturday as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her 70th anniversary of the throne. (Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

This Epsom Derby was extra special as it coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Jockey Frankie Dettori performs his flying finish after winning the Cazoo Diomed Stakes with Megallan on Derby Day during the 2022 Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Surrey. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Epsom. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire for the Jockey Club. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, commercial use requires prior permission from The Jockey Club/Epsom Racecourse.

Jockey Frankie Dettori performs his flying dismount after winning the Cazoo Diomed Stakes with Megallan (Image: PA)

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.

Zara Tindall (left) and Mike Tindall on Derby Day during the 2022 Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Surrey. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Epsom. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, commercial use requires prior permission from The Jockey Club/Epsom Racecourse.

Zara and Mike Tindall arrive at the racetrack (Image: PA)

Tees Spirit ridden by Barry McHugh (below right) wins The Simpex Express? dash? Handicap on Derby Day during the 2022 Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Surrey. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Epsom. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, commercial use requires prior permission from The Jockey Club/Epsom Racecourse.

A lifelong fan of horse racing, the Queen will be disappointed not to be able to attend in person (Image: PA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Shopland/REX/Shutterstock (12968556bb) Princess Royal, Peter Phillips and his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace Cazoo Derby Festival, Derby Day, Horse Racing, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, Britain - 04 June 2022

Princess Anne with her son Peter Phillips and his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

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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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust your flag with the Union Jack, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner.

The celebrations, which will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June, will mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th anniversary on the throne.

There will be street parties, concerts and other special events across the UK attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

Visit Metro.co.uk’s Platinum Jubilee page for the latest updates.

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