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Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II proceed all through the weekend with horse racing on the Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 4.
The monarch will miss the occasion amid “episodic mobility concerns” as she paced herself on the lengthy vacation weekend after bowing out of Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving church service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. This marks solely the third time in her 70-year reign she’s missed the Epsom occasion.
The queen’s solely daughter, Princess Anne, will characterize the household on the queen’s behalf.
The final time Elizabeth missed Epsom was in 1984 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the D-Day landings in France. She was beforehand visiting Sweden on official duties when she first missed the races in 1956.
Members of the royal household are anticipated to attend race day, the place previous and current jockeys are additionally set to kind a guard of honor at one among Britain’s largest horse racing occasions.
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Additionally coined The Cazoo Derby, the racing occasion is celebrating its 243rd operating of “the world’s greatest Flat race” the place horses compete on a degree course with out obstacles.
Elizabeth, a longtime racing fan, has owned many thoroughbred racehorses and is The Jockey Membership’s Patron.
Six-time champion and three-time Derby-winner Kieren Fallon, 57, will sport the Queen’s well-known silks — a purple jacket with gold braids and purple sleeves — on Derby Day.
Fallon, who completed his profession in 2016, shall be among the many 40 retired and present jockeys to have ridden for Her Majesty and can kind a guard of honor on the monitor.
“It is different when you put on those colours and ride for the Queen,” he informed the BBC. “I rode for her mother, the Queen Mother, which does make me very old!”
Her Majesty, who has had greater than 1,800 winners globally, won’t have a runner on Saturday as her high hope, Attain For The Moon, didn’t get better in time following an damage.
“It is a shame she won’t have a runner in the Derby, as it would have been a joy with the Platinum Jubilee,” Fallon stated.
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Gates open on the course situated within the coronary heart of the Surrey countryside at 11 a.m., with the primary race of the day at 2 p.m. — The Cazoo Handicap Stakes.
Two Group 3 races observe shortly after — The Princess Elizabeth Stakes at 2:35 p.m. and The Cazoo Diomed Stakes at 3:10 p.m.
The ultra-competitive Simpex Categorical ‘Dash’ Handicap Stakes (Heritage Handicap) begins at 3:45 p.m.
All eyes shall be on the British Champion Collection as The Cazoo Derby begins at 4:30 p.m., a 1.5-mile race to the end line.
The World Pool Northern Dancer Handicap begins at 5:15 p.m. adopted by The JRA Tokyo Trophy Handicap Stakes, a high-intensity, 1,320-yard race.
Regardless of her attendance at Thursday’s Trooping the Color army parade and flypast which honored her 96th birthday, The Palace issued a launch that the queen wouldn’t be in attendance on Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypast but did experience some discomfort,” the assertion learn.
“Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.”
The Palace added: “The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion.”
Following Elizabeth’s announcement, a royal knowledgeable informed Day by day Submit Digital that it is “another sobering reminder that the Queen’s record-shattering [70-year] reign is drawing to an end.”