The Queen will be watching Royal Ascot on television at Windsor Castle, and it is looking increasingly likely there is only one day she might attend, says a royal expert.
There has been much furore about whether she would attend. Her absence was all too apparent when her son, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Zara and Mike Tindall and a host of other royals appeared dressed to nines earlier this week.
Many have speculated she would attend when one of her horses was running, but this has not come to fruition so far.
Her racing manager, John Warren, has suggested she is likely to attend later on in the week, and royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams says Saturday, June 19, is looking the likeliest day.
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“The Queen’s passion for racing and her knowledge of equine matters is truly phenomenal,” he said. “The Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to her amazing expertise in this field on ITV earlier in the week.
“We know she will be watching Royal Ascot on television. Her racing manager John Warren has indicated she is likely to attend later in the week and Saturday is thought likely as one of her horses, Tactical, will be running.
“It is a matter of judging what she considers to be suitable during a pandemic and also the fact that the Royal Meeting is operating under restrictions.”
“It is thought that Royal Ascot is the first date to be entered in her diary each year,” said Mr Fitzwilliams. “In the year of her Platinum Jubilee, I am sure that this magnificent event, the largest race meeting in Europe with a truly international field and the highlight of the social season, will once again feature prominently.
“The royal carriage procession, a feature since 1825 and in the month the Platinum Jubilee is being celebrated, will undoubtedly be cheered to the echo.”