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Epsom Derby kick starts Diamond Jubilee weekend

The Queen is all smiles while taking a day out at the Epsom Derby

There’s no doubt that horseracing is the sport for kings, but in the Epsom Derby, Queen Elizabeth II is the supreme commander!

“The beaming Monarch acknowledged the rapturous cheers of a sell-out crowd at the Epsom Downs course as, flanked by her family, she devoted the first day of her four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations to one of her favourite pursuits: flat racing,” reports Daily Mail

Since 1953, Her Majesty has rarely missed the event. This year’s race began at an awe-inspiring free fall by the Red Devils parachute display team.

The Queen arrived at around 1 pm, together with Prince Philip, riding the claret State Bentley, rounding Tattenham Corner before thousands of her subjects seated on chairs adorned by gold cardboard crowns.

The Queen wore a striking outfit by Stewart Parvin, choosing a statement coat in Royal blue over a white silk day dress with a floral patern. Her matching hat was by royal milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

After the National Anthem, she and Prince Philip made their way up to the Royal box garlanded in red, white and blue blossoms.

With the royal couple were the Duke of York, his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Beatrice wore an elegant white shift dress while Princess Eugenie tackled the turf in a pair of eye-catching nude court shoes with hound’s tooth-themed heels to match her dress.

Meanwhile, Sophie, Countess of Wessex displayed an elegant figure in a dove-grey coat dress and matching hat.

Although the event was the primer for the festivities in the Diamond Jubilee weekend, the intimate nature of the party was undoubtedly the Royal Family’s day out.

It was also, of course, the setting of the Derby, the world’s greatest flat race, one of the five Classics, run over a notoriously tough one mile, four furlongs and ten yards of steep inclines and tortuous cambers.

This year the prize money was set at £1.35 million, won by the regally named favorite Camelot.


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