Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse 'Fabricate' run in the Wolferton Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018. 

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Queen Elizabeth Misses Royal Ascot For The Very First Time In Her 68- Year Reign

LONDON (AP)– Absolutely nothing has actually kept Queen Elizabeth II far from the Royal Ascot horse racing conference throughout her 68- year reign as U.K. queen– not pregnancy, a speech to Parliament and even a break out of foot-and-mouth illness.

However this year, the 94- year-old queen will not be going to Royal Ascot, which begins Tuesday, due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is among the nation’s most prominent horse racing occasions and one that efficiently releases a terrific British summer season of sport that likewise consists of Wimbledon tennis and golf’s Open Champion.



Queen Elizabeth II views her horse ‘Fabricate’ run in the Wolferton Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018..


Unlike Wimbledon and the British Open, Royal Ascot has actually not been canceled as an outcome of the coronavirus pandemic, though viewers will be missing. More than 300,000 visitors, usually worn their Sunday finest, would have been anticipated to participate in the five-day conference.

The queen has actually been separating at Windsor Castle, west of London, with her 99- year-old hubby, Prince Philip, over the previous 3 months. It would not have actually been much of a drive to get to Ascot– hardly 20 minutes.

However in the period of the coronavirus, that’s not possible, and the racing-mad queen will need to use viewing the races on tv. After all, she has a number of horses running over the coming days, consisting of First Receiver, ridden by Frankie Dettori in the Queen’s racing colors, on Wednesday.

As an owner, the queen will have access to a virtual Royal Ascot parade ring while seeing her horses from the security of Windsor Castle. She has actually won around 7 million pounds ($ 9 million) in cash prize from horse racing in the previous 3 years.

Princess Anne looks on as Queen Elizabeth II pats her Gold Cup winning horse Estimate on Ladies Day of Royal Ascot on June 20



Princess Anne searches as Queen Elizabeth II pats her Gold Cup winning horse Quote on Ladies Day of Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England.

“Whilst the ultimate experience of being at Royal Ascot sadly isn’t possible this year, we hope that what we are planning will make ownership at home as special as possible,” stated Nick Smith, director of racing and public affairs at Ascot.


Ascot is likewise welcoming fans around the world to dress up and use Royal Ascot’s informal hallmark– a hat– and to share selfies on social networks.

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