The Queen has made history by being the first monarch to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Accompanied in the royal box by her granddaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, The Queen’s delight at the win was clear: she could be seen beaming ecstatically and clapping as her four-year-old filly, Estimate, raced to victory.
Her Majesty was then seen waving to jockey Ryan Moore as he rode into the winner’s enclosure of the famous Berkshire racecourse.
The 62,000-strong crowd showed their support of the fitting Ladies’ Day win with spontaneous applause. Shouts of “Hats off for Her Majesty” resounded through the stands.
Traditionally The Queen presents the Gold Cup winning owner with the prize, but after her success, her son Prince Andrew stepped in to present his mother with the cup.
“It’s a special thrill to win this race for The Queen, and it will have given her enormous pleasure,” said Estimate’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute. “She really loves this game and it’s a great recreation for her. She told me it was a very big thrill and thanked everybody.”
The Queen is an avid racing fan with her horses also having won four out of the five British flat racing classics: the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger. A Derby win would give her a full house.