The queen once joked that she was getting more nervous about her horse racing than she did about her own televised coronation, according to a royal author.
Her Majesty, 94, admitted a few minutes before attending the 1953 event, according to writer Karen Dolby, who shared the fun moment in her recent book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family.
It comes after the queen said she was “delighted” to have a winner on the second day of Royal Ascot with one of her horses, Tactical, which won the Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday.
Queen (pictured at Windsor Castle in June) once joked that she was getting more nervous about her horse racing than she did about her own TV coronation, says royal author .
It comes after the queen was “thrilled” to have a winner on the second day of Royal Ascot, with one of her horses, Tactical (above), which won the Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday.
Writing in her book, Karen said, via The Sun: “Arriving at Westminster for his coronation on June 2, 1953, one of the Queen’s attendants said,” Do you feel very nervous, ma’am? “
To which the monarch, quite unexpectedly, replied: “Of course I am … But I really think the Aureole will win. “
Karen said, “She was talking about her horse which was to run in the Derby four days later. Finally, he finished second, second after Pinza.
The Queen’s love for horses is well documented and she would be “delighted” with her victory at Royal Ascot, according to her race director John Warren.
But he added that she probably had a tinge of disappointment at not being there to see the victory in person.
Her Majesty, 94, admitted a few minutes before attending her coronation in 1953 (above), according to writer Karen Dolby, who shared the fun moment in her recent book The Wicked Wit of the Royal family
This year, Royal Ascot is taking place behind closed doors in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, starting on Tuesday and continuing until Saturday.
The monarch follows the television coverage of Windsor Castle, where she is isolated with her husband, Prince Philip, 99.
It is the first time in 68 years that it has not participated in the popular annual horse racing event.
Wednesday saw the head of state’s success when one of his horses, Tactical, won the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Trainer Andrew Balding said, “It is obviously a great pleasure for all of us to have a royal winner at the royal meeting.
The monarch follows the cover of Royal Ascot on television from Windsor Castle, where she isolates with her husband Prince Philip (pictured together in the park in June), 99
“On race days, we tend to give the queen a ring in the morning and share our thoughts with her. We did it this morning, so she was well informed.
The victory was the icing on the cake, as the Queen followed the proceedings closely from her home, said Warren.
He added, “Throughout the conversations, the Queen said how thrilled she was to produce a two-year winner at the Royal Ascot. “
Warren described the monarch as “very pragmatic” and someone who “does not feel lightly frustrated”, but said there would most likely have been some disappointment on his part not to be present For victory.
He was the 24th winner of the Queen’s Royal Ascot and first since Dartmouth won the 2016 Hardwicke Stakes.
Mr. Warren added: “I suspect deep down there was a tinge of disappointment that she was not there, but she was completely canceled out by the fact that she had a winner and was proud of the ‘raise. “
The Queen has known horses since childhood, with her first riding lesson when she was only four years old at the Buckingham Palace Mews.