The Queen dazzles as she arrives for Royal Ascot with Queen Letizia and Queen Maxima

The Queen dazzles as she arrives for Royal Ascot with Queen Letizia and Queen Maxima

Her Majesty looked elegant in a blue dress coat as she arrived at the Royal Ascot in horse and carriage, waving to delightful fans and racegoers who lined up in front of the grandstand to catch a glimpse of the royals. The pair will enjoy the races from the Royal Box, a special venue for selected guests on an invitation only basis. Members of the Royal Family will make their entrance through the golden gates just half an hour before the first race begins. The royal procession dates back to 1825 where members of the Royal Family arrived to the Royal Ascot by horse an carriage.

Every year Ascot holds a special week of races with over 300,000 attendees dressed in their finest garbs.

The Queen owns and breeds many of her own horses, and five of them are taking part at this year’s Royal Ascot.

Her first horses to race will be Elector – four-year-old bay gelding trained by Sir Michael Stoute – and Seniority – a five-year-old chestnut gelding trained by William Haggas. Both will run on Wednesday

The third horse to race will be Eightsome Reel on Thursday, followed by Magnetic Charm and her final contender Sextant on Friday.

Eightsome Reel is a bay colt trained by Michael Bell and has won 50 percent of its flat races over its lifetime while Magnetic Charm has a 40 percent win rate on flat races, making them both strong contenders.

In 2013, the Queen famously spotted celebrating in the Royal Box after her horse Estimate won the Gold Cup.

Her Majesty’s horses have won races at Royal Ascot 23 times over the years.

The Queen has been a regular at the Royal Ascot’s and began attending fixtures in 1946 after a break during the Second World War.

Published at Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:05:00 +0000