Horse racing is back in the UK. After a 2020 edition behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Royal Ascot, one of the most mythical and famous horse races in the world, is back at a gallop. And horseback riding is the hobby of Queen Elizabeth II who ordinarily would not have missed the start of the competition for anything. Especially since the Ascot racecourse is located just 9 kilometers from Windsor Castle.
This year again, no traditional arrival by coach for the Queen of England. “It’s very unfortunate to miss this event. For now the plan is to see how it goes towards the end of the week and if the Queen is able to come because she has runners then, let’s keep our fingers crossed for that to happen, ”John Warren, his race director, told the Daily Mail.
Elizabeth II was unable to represent the royal family
This is only the second time in 69 years of reign that Elizabeth II has missed the Royal Ascot opening. But the sovereign did not fail to follow the performance of her horse King’s Lynn through her television screen. At the beginning of June, she could not be, either, at the forefront of the Derby D’Epsom, fearing that the meeting would not be the same with the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The royal family was still represented for this first day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday, June 15. Those in attendance: Mike Tindall, 42, and Zara Tindall, 36, who made their first public appearance since the birth of their son Lucas. They were joined at the racecourse by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Prince Edward, his wife Countess Sophie Wessex and Princess Anne.
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