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Entertainment Queen misses Royal Ascot for the first time in her reign but is represented by senior members of her family

08:20  16 june  2021
08:20  16 june  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Queen misses Royal Ascot for the first time in her reign but is represented by senior members of her family . By Natalie Oliveri | 3 months ago. It is believed to be the first time in the Queen 's 69 years on the throne that she has not been at Ascot , her favourite event in the sporting calendar, by choice. Instead the Queen , 95, watched the races on television from the comfort of Windsor Castle. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales inside the Royal Box at Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021.

The Queen will miss out on attending Royal Ascot in person for the first time in her 68-year reign . Her Majesty is reported to be planning to watch the racing from home at Windsor Castle, but she will not be able to attend, as the meet goes ahead behind closed doors. Large gatherings are still banned but horse racing resumed in time for one of the Queen ’s favourite events. The Queen and other members of her family usually join about 300,000 racing fans for the five-day sporting event in Berkshire. But 2020’s event will have no monarch, no royal carriage procession, no trophy


Britain's Queen Elizabeth sits ahead of the Queen's Speech in the House of Lord's Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament in London, Britain May 11, 2021. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS: Queen Elizabeth II © Thomson Reuters Queen Elizabeth II

Members of Queen Elizabeth's family have attended the opening day of Royal Ascot at Windsor, but for the first time in her reign the monarch opted to watch the event from home.

It is believed to be the first time in the Queen's 69 years on the throne that she has not been at Ascot, her favourite event in the sporting calendar, by choice.

Instead the Queen, 95, watched the races on television from the comfort of Windsor Castle.


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles are posing for a picture: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales inside the Royal Box at Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021. © Getty Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales inside the Royal Box at Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021.


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The queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle, west of London, with her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, over the past three months. It wouldn’t have been much of a drive to get to Ascot — barely 20 minutes. But in the era of the coronavirus, that’s not possible, and the racing-mad monarch will have to make do with watching the races on television.After all, she has several horses running over the coming days, including First Receiver, ridden by Frankie Dettori in the Queen ’s racing colours, on Wednesday. Please wait for the page to reload.

Her Majesty missed her first Royal Ascot last year after the meet was moved behind closed doors due to the coronavirus. She also skipped the Epsom Derby for only the fourth time in 75 years earlier this month amid fears the meet would not be the same with Covid restrictions in place. Among those at Ascot today were Mike, 42, and Zara Tindall, 36, who made their first public appearance since the birth of their son Lucas. They were joined by Prince Edward, his wife Countess Sophie Wessex and Princess Anne at the racecourse earlier in the day.

Last year, the monarch had no choice but to miss the event with all spectators banned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen may attend the racing meet later in the week, royal sources say, but nothing has been confirmed.

The Queen's racing manager John Warren told the BBC Her Majesty would "love to attend".


Elizabeth II talking on a cell phone: Queen Elizabeth II during an event in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project at the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021 in Cornwall, England. © Getty Queen Elizabeth II during an event in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project at the G7 Summit on June 11, 2021 in Cornwall, England.


"She's fanatic about racing, watching racing and breeding horses and has been going to Ascot all of her adult life so it's a shame to miss an event," he said.

The Queen went to Royal Ascot for the first time in 1946 as is believed to have attended every day of the meeting annually, apart from last year.

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Queen Elizabeth II will not be attending the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting for the first time during her 68-year reign . The meeting, which commences Tuesday, June 16, 2020 is one of the country’s most high-profile horse racing meetings and one that effectively launches a great British summer of sport But in the era of the coronavirus, that's not possible, and the racing-mad monarch will have to make do with watching the races on television.After all, she has several horses running over the coming days, including First Receiver, ridden by Frankie Dettori in the Queen ’s racing colours, on Wednesday.

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The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, represented the Queen at the opening day of Ascot along with Princess Anne, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Zara and Mike Tindall.


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Zara Phillips et al. wearing costumes: Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021. © Getty Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021.


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In her message, she expresses empathy for "racing professionals and enthusiasts" and says she "delighted" the sport has been able to return despite the coronavirus crisis. READ MORE: One way Queen could attend Royal Ascot without breaking lockdown. "This year Ascot will feel different for many, as it is so often a chance for friends, families and colleagues to gather together and enjoy a shared passion." Royal heartbreak: Prince William and Kate with the Queen at Royal Ascot last year (Image: GETTY).

Queen Elizabeth II will miss Royal Ascot for the first time in her 68-year reign with the iconic race meeting being staged behind closed doors for the first time in its history.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may make an appearance later in the week.

Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have seen major changes to the event this year.

The 2pm arrival of the royal family inside the state landau carriages has been scrapped and guest numbers have been reduced to just 12,000 per day.

In previous years, more than 300,000 people would gather for the five-day meeting.


a person holding a piece of paper: Princess Anne, Princess Royal arrives for Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021. © Getty Princess Anne, Princess Royal arrives for Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2021.


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If Her Majesty attends Ascot in the coming days she will not be able to examine the horses in the paddock – as she would usually do – due to the restrictions around movement within the grounds.

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But one thing hasn't changed – the fashion stakes.

The royal enclosure has strict rules about what can and can't be worn and the Queen's family chose suitably appropriate attire, particularly for women.

Princess Anne wore a navy-blue ensemble by Shibumi, a local designer based in Gloucestershire.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex chose a blush pink maxi gown by A Ross Girl X Soler London and a Jane Taylor hat.

Zara Tindall wore a cream and polka dot dress by Me+Em London.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore a custom-made Bruce Oldfield coat with matching face mask and a Philip Treacy hat.

Ahead of the official start of Ascot, the duchess spoke about the royal family's history with racing and horses.

"Well I think this is her passion in life, she loves it, you can tell how much she loves it," the Duchess of Cornwall told ITV Racing.

"She can tell you every horse she's bred and owned, from the very beginning. She doesn't forget anything.

"I can hardly remember what I bred a year ago, she's encyclopaedic about her knowledge.

"Everybody who loves racing, it is the most special week."

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