Each horses are skilled by Andrew Balding and have been entered to compete on both Tuesday or Saturday. The Queen should resolve by Sunday lunchtime if she desires them to run on Tuesday. Final yr the 95-year-old monarch missed the royal race assembly, which affords the best flat racing on the earth, for the primary time in her reign due to Covid restrictions. Royal sources have stated she’s going to attend this yr however solely when she has runners.
She is known to really feel it’s inappropriate to go each day when persevering with restrictions imply the group is proscribed to 12,000 as a substitute of something as much as 70,000 usually.
Final Saturday she determined to steer clear of the Derby at Epsom, considered one of her favorite days in the entire yr, as a result of Covid restrictions meant it was not the traditional occasion.
A lifelong fanatic for flat racing and certainly something equine, the Queen historically presents the Gold Cup on Women Day on the Thursday of Royal Ascot however shouldn’t be anticipated to take action this yr.
Different royals are anticipated to be on the five-day assembly between June 15 and 19 however there will likely be no royal carriage procession down the racecourse, there should be social distancing if the royal field is used, and the household’s attendance is anticipated to be extra restricted than ordinary.
The Queen will watch the remainder of the races on tv at Windsor Fortress when she shouldn’t be on the course. Usually, she would host huge events on the citadel in the course of the week however Covid restrictions imply will probably be way more low-key this yr.
Her love of Ascot stays undiminished, nonetheless. Nick Smith, the Ascot spokesman, stated: “Her Majesty’s love of racing is well-known and we’re lucky that she repeatedly visits Ascot, particularly for the royal assembly. She takes a really eager curiosity in Ascot issues.
“She named the brand new Kensington Palace Stakes this yr, writes the welcome within the Royal Ascot racecards and, final month, paid a personal go to to see some ongoing tasks together with the brand new stables improvement. That is an uncommon yr and we’re all wanting ahead to Royal Ascot within the Platinum Jubilee yr.”
The race authorities have modified the costume code this yr, permitting navy blue morning fits into the Royal Enclosure for the primary time, along with the same old black or gray outfits.
Mr Smith, explaining the approval of blue morning fits, stated: “They’ve develop into very trendy at weddings and different occasions and so they look very fashionable.”