‘End of an Era’ for The Queen at Royal Ascot
THE QUEEN is reportedly set to signal the “end of an era” by breaking with a decades-old tradition at Royal Ascot.
The Daily Mail says Her Majesty, 96, will not lead the famous royal procession that starts each day at Royal Ascot next month.
Instead, it was planned that she would be driven by car the short distance from Windsor Castle to Berkshire Racecourse.
The Queen first attended Royal Ascot in an open carriage in 1946 to mark the return to normal life after the end of the Second World War.
She has only failed to do so twice since – when she was pregnant – until the onset of the pandemic in 2020.
A source told the Mail: “It’s the end of an era.
“There are no more promotions available for Her Majesty.
“The problem is not the handling, but the steep steps that are necessary to get in and out of the Landau.
“The Queen very much hopes to be able to attend Royal Ascot, every day if possible. However, she will arrive by car.”
A landau is the name given to the luxurious four-wheeled carriage in which high-ranking guests arrive at the June Festival.
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