The Queen looked in good spirits in a traditional blue ensemble as she arrived at Ascot Racecourse this afternoon to enjoy QIPCO British Champions Day.
Her Majesty’s exit comes after she made a rare public intervention on the climate change crisis on Thursday, saying she was “irritated” by people who “talk but don’t”.
She made the pointed comment while attending the opening of the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff and spoke with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, Speaker of Parliament, when her remarks were echoed during the live broadcast of the event.
The Queen referred to the upcoming Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow, which she and other members of the royal family are expected to attend. She said: “Amazing, isn’t it… I’ve heard everything about Cop… still don’t know who’s coming… no idea. You only know people who don’t come… It’s really annoying when they talk, but they don’t. ‘
For today’s event, the 95-year-old monarch looked perfectly balanced in a flattering blue ensemble as she arrived at the Ascot Racehorse in Berkshire to watch the races unfold.
A day at the races! The Queen (pictured) looked radiant in a traditional blue ensemble when she arrived at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday to enjoy British Champions Day QIPCO
Her Majesty weathered the cold with a pair of black gloves and wore reasonable mid-heels ahead of the busy day at Ascot, which is described as one of the ‘most prestigious events on the British sporting calendar’.
The queen’s button-down coat featured a black collar and cuff detailing, while her sophisticated headdress matched the design by showcasing a black edge.
She completed her vibrant outfit with a distinctively elegant bag, a pearl necklace and matching earrings, as well as a silver brooch.
Champions Day, now in its tenth year, begins with its first race at 1:25 p.m., with six events throughout the day until the final race at 4:30 p.m.
Looks great: For today’s event, the 95-year-old monarch looked perfectly balanced in a flattering blue ensemble as she arrived at the Ascot Racehorse in Berkshire to watch the races take place unwind
Queen Elizabeth II’s Stakes, which take place at 3:10 p.m., have a prize of over £ 1million. The Group 1 flat horse race, open to horses three years of age or older, takes place in Ascot over a distance of one mile. Held annually in October on Champions Day, it was renamed in honor of the Queen in 1955.
“Excited” Queen Filled With “A Lot Of Inner Pride” After Being Inducted Into The Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Said Her Majesty’s Racing Director
The Queen will be filled with “a lot of inner pride” after being inducted into the official British flat racing hall of fame, her race director said on Monday.
Her Majesty, 95, who is known for her love of horses and racing, as well as for her success as an owner and breeder, received this honor due to her unwavering and long-standing dedication to the sport over the eight decades.
John Warren, who oversees all of the monarch’s interests in horse racing and breeding, said the recognition would be the source of “a lot of inner pride” for the Queen.
She became the first person to become a member of the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame in the Special Contributor category after being chosen by an independent panel of industry experts for her outstanding contribution.
Sir Michael Stoute, who has trained over 100 winners for Her Majesty, insisted she would be “thrilled” by the news.
Mr Warren, Queen’s Blood and Race Advisor, said: “I suspect the Queen will have a lot of internal pride in being invited to the Hall of Fame.
“The Queen’s contribution to racing and breeding stems from a lifelong commitment. Along with his love of horses and their well-being comes a deep understanding of what is required to breed, breed, train and ride a thoroughbred.
“Her Majesty’s fascination is unwavering and her pleasure flows from all of her horses – always accepting the result of their ability with such grace. “
The Queen has encyclopedic knowledge of the bloodlines of the horses she breeds at the Royal Stud at Sandringham.
His famous purple, golden braid and scarlet colors have recorded more than 1,800 winners since his first victory with Monaveen at Fontwell Park in 1949.
This season, she recorded more winners than she did in 1957, when she was the champion owner of British flat races.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s comments on Thursday suggesting she is irritated by a lack of action in tackling the climate crisis marked a rare intervention in a public debate.
Her Majesty is believed to share the government’s concerns about who will attend Cop26 in just two weeks after Boris Johnson was warned that Chinese President Xi would not be there in person. Organizers fear the snub could lead China to refuse to set new climate change targets amid the current global energy crisis.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have yet to confirm their participation in the UN conference. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro have also not pledged to be in Glasgow for the event.
US President Joe Biden only confirmed yesterday that he would attend. US Chargé d’Affaires to UK Philip Reeker said the Glasgow summit will be “a pivotal moment on the road to a more secure, prosperous and sustainable future for our planet”.
However, if China does not take further action, the prospect of keeping global warming at 1.5 ° C may well be dashed. The country is responsible for 27% of global carbon emissions.
The Queen’s remarks were a rare public glimpse into the politically neutral – and low-key – monarch’s personal views on an issue of global importance.
She attended the Welsh parliament alongside Camilla and the Prince of Wales, a committed environmentalist who made similar remarks this week.
The Queen said she hoped “people will think very carefully about the future” ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, which was seen by many as a direct attempt to influence the vote.
Yesterday’s remarks, while also made in a public setting, were not political – simply a personal expression of frustration at inaction on climate change.
Although the Queen has left the environmental campaign to her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, son Charles and grandson William, it is an issue she is quietly interested in.
In a speech to the Scottish Parliament earlier this month, she said: “Next month I will attend the Cop26 events in Glasgow. The eyes of the world will be on the UK – and Scotland, in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.
“The Scottish Parliament has a key role, as with all parliaments, to help create a better and healthier future for all of us, and to engage with the people they represent – especially our young people. “
In 2019, she used her Christmas speech to praise young climate change activists and their sense of purpose.
She has also launched eco-friendly initiatives at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences, including monitoring energy consumption through a network of smart meters, installing energy efficient LED lighting where possible and the use of thermal and power plants and boilers to convert natural gas into electricity.