The Queen ‘will only miss her annual trip to the Epsom Derby for the fourth time in 75 years’

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The Queen has decided to skip her trip to the Epsom Derby as she fears it won’t be the same with the Covid restrictions in place, reports suggest.

Her Majesty – an avid fan of horse racing – believes it won’t be a ‘traditional Derby day’ this year due to restrictions, royal sources have reportedly said.

Instead, the 95-year-old monarch will be watching the famous race on television from the comfort of Windsor Castle, according to… the Telegraph.

A source told the paper: ‘It’s a Derby, but it’s not a traditional Derby day.

“It won’t be what it normally is, so the Queen has decided she’d rather watch it at home.”

The Queen is also likely to miss Royal Ascot later this month, the paper adds, although it is believed she could be present on certain days when one of her own horses is walking.

Her Majesty – an avid fan of horse racing – believes it won’t be a ‘traditional Derby day’ this year due to restrictions, royal sources say. Pictured: The Queen with Race Manager John Warren and Princess Michael of Kent at Epsom in 2015

Instead, the 95-year-old will be watching the famous race on television from the comfort of Windsor Castle, according to the Telegraph.  Pictured: The handicap of the Cazoo Derby Festival yesterday in Epsom

Instead, the 95-year-old will be watching the famous race on television from the comfort of Windsor Castle, according to the Telegraph. Pictured: The handicap of the Cazoo Derby Festival yesterday in Epsom

The event was held behind closed doors last year, meaning it was the first time in the Queen’s reign that she did not attend the event.

Meanwhile, if she misses the Derby at Epsom, it will be the fourth time in 75 years.

While an avid spectator of the Derby, it remains the only great classic British race that has not been won by one of the Queen’s horses.

The closest she came to a winning horse in the famous race came in 1953 – the year of her coronation – when her horse Aureole finished second.

She has personally missed only three Derby events in the past 75 years, one last year due to Covid.

The monarch also missed the 1984 Derby when she was in France for a D-Day anniversary and in 1956 when she made a state visit to Sweden.

The Derby, held at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, was first run in 1780.

It is Britain’s richest flat horse race and the most prestigious of the five classics – the other four being the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the Epsom Oaks and the St Leger Stakes.

This year the event is limited due to Covid. The famous hill, where up to 100,000 people normally watch the race, will be closed.

And the ticket area will be limited to just a quarter of its usual size.

But that – and a torrent of rain – did little to tease the thousands of glamorous race-goers who flocked to Epsom Downs for Ladies’ Day yesterday.

Riders cheered at a 'Beaten by a Length' race during the Oaks Day of the Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse (pictured)

Riders cheered at a ‘Beaten by a Length’ race during the Oaks Day of the Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse (pictured)

Fortunately, most were prepared with umbrellas

The racecourse turned into a sea of ​​umbrellas because they were all unfurled

Some braved the downpour with bare legs and open heels as they desperately tried to keep their hair dry by taking cover under an umbrella

Prince Charles hosts first major investiture ceremony since the pandemic began at St James’s – NOT Buckingham Palaceham

Knighthoods and MBEs will be presented in person at the first major inauguration ceremony since the start of the Covid pandemic, it was announced today.

But the event, in which Prince Charles will pay tribute, will not take place at Buckingham Palace.

Instead, the event, which takes place on June 23, will take place a short distance away at St James’s Palace.

Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s official London residence – is normally the venue for many of the ceremonies.

But the first will be held at St. James’s Palace due to ongoing work to update services at the royal residence.

About 100 recipients are usually distinguished at investitures, ranging from knighthoods to MBEs.

But it is clear that the groups will be smaller to comply with the Covid guidelines.

Windsor Castle, where the Queen spent much of the pandemic, will also host a number of ceremonies.

Letters have been sent to the honorary citizens informing them that the inaugurations will resume.

With umbrellas in hand, many refused to let the rain dampen their spirits and were seen getting into the festive spirit early on, with glasses of Pimms and mini bottles of Moët Champage flowing.

Yesterday was the first of two days of racing at Epsom Downs. Derby Day, one of the biggest events on the summer calendar, takes place today.

News of the Queen’s decision to stay home for Derby Day came when Buckingham Palace revealed last night that Knighthoods and MBEs will be handed out in person next month, at the first major investiture ceremony since the start of the Covid pandemic.

But the event, in which Prince Charles will pay tribute, will not take place at Buckingham Palace.

Instead, the event, which takes place on June 23, will take place a short distance away at St James’s Palace.

Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s official London residence – is normally the venue for many of the ceremonies.

But the first will be held at St. James’s Palace due to ongoing work to update services at the royal residence.

About 100 recipients are usually distinguished at investitures, ranging from knighthoods to MBEs.

But it is clear that the groups will be smaller to comply with the Covid guidelines.

Windsor Castle, where the Queen spent much of the pandemic, will also host a number of ceremonies.

Letters have been sent to the honorary citizens informing them that the inaugurations will resume.

The announcement comes after it was announced yesterday that The Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill on June 13.

A statement released yesterday confirmed that Her Majesty will receive the President and First Lady at Windsor Castle next Sunday.

Mr Biden, 78, will meet the Queen, 95, after his stay in Cornwall for the G7 summit, which runs from June 11 to June 13.

He will be the 13th U.S. president to meet the Queen since he took the throne in 1953.

There is speculation that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also meet the American couple one day during their visit to the UK.

The meeting comes just months after Mr Biden was sworn in as president – a stark contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump who has not met the Queen for two years.

Trump finally visited him in July 2018 – with his now infamous meeting with Her Majesty which saw him break royal protocol several times.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the British will be celebrating a four-day holiday next summer to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as the nation marks its 70th anniversary on the throne.

Buckingham Palace said the extended 2022 break will run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 after the May public holiday – which would have been Monday, May 30 – was pushed back.

The celebration will be marked with national events, including a live concert with some of the world’s biggest stars as a thanksgiving service – and a day at the races.

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