Queen misses entire Royal Ascot for first time in 70-year reign

Queen misses entire Royal Ascot for first time in 70-year reign

The Queen misses the entirety of Royal Ascot for the first time in her 70-year reign: Monarch is replaced in the royal procession by the Duke of Kent on the final day of the famous race meeting

  • The Queen was replaced in the royal procession by the Duke of Kent
  • It is the first time in her 70-year reign that she has missed the final day of Royal Ascot
  • The Queen chose to watch at home at Windsor Castle, a 15-minute drive away

The Queen missed the final day of Royal Ascot yesterday meaning she missed the famous race meeting for the first time in her reign.

The monarch was replaced in the royal procession by the Duke of Kent, followed by Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The Queen, a lifelong racing enthusiast, chose to watch from her home at Windsor Castle, just a 15-minute drive from the Berkshire course.

The monarch was replaced in the royal procession by the Duke of Kent, followed by Princess Beatrice.  She stunned the Ascot crown in a polka dot dress similar to the one worn by Princess Diana in 1988

The monarch was replaced in the royal procession by the Duke of Kent, followed by Princess Beatrice. She stunned the Ascot crown in a polka dot dress similar to the one worn by Princess Diana in 1988

But his absence failed to dampen the roaring atmosphere, as thousands of glamorous onlookers showed off their finery – including Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and his partner, the oil heiress Lindsay Wallace, mother of two.

Beatrice’s outfit appeared to be inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned the Ascot crowd on Friday in a polka dot dress similar to that worn by Princess Diana in 1988.

Rather than the scorching heat of the start of the week, yesterday’s procession passed under bronze skies and a brisk breeze that forced Beatrice, 33, to cover her knees in a blanket and the other members of the procession to grab their hats.

Lady Victoria Hervey during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.  As well as members of the royal family, celebrities and sports stars have flocked to Ascot

Lady Victoria Hervey during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. As well as members of the royal family, celebrities and sports stars have flocked to Ascot

Georgia Toffolo dons an all-white suit during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Georgia Toffolo dons an all-white suit during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Royals were greeted by an honor guard of 70 children dressed in the Queen’s famous purple, red and gold racing silks.

Beatrice carried out an increasing number of engagements after it was reported that Andrew wanted his daughters to be given more tasks.

The Duke of York himself skipped one of the most colorful events on the royal calendar, amid speculation he wanted to avoid embarrassing fellow royals.

Race fans included socialites Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey, who dazzled in all-white outfits.  Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand was also present for the first time

Race fans included socialites Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey, who dazzled in all-white outfits. Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand was also present for the first time

As well as members of the royal family, celebrities and sports stars have flocked to Ascot.

Among them were socialites Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey, who dazzled in all-white outfits. Former footballer Rio Ferdinand was also present for the first time. He said: “The vibe is crazy. I love it.’

In a note for the 2022 Royal Ascot programme, the Queen wrote: “I have been very grateful for the continued kindness shown to me by the racing community.”

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