The Royal Family have a rich history of owning and watching race horses.
Queen Elizabeth has always been an enthusiastic supporter of horse racing and particularly loves the The Royal Ascot.
The Royal Ascot is a five-day horse race event. However, due to the pandemic Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend for the first time in 68 years.
Queen Elizabeth still found a way to be part of the event by writing the introduction to the Royal Ascot racecard.
“I send my best wishes to the thousands of racing professionals and enthusiasts who will join me in celebrating this year’s Royal Ascot,” she wrote.
“In these challenging times, we are once again delighted to welcome the best horses and jockeys from across the world and pay tribute to those who have helped make this race meeting possible.”
“This year Ascot will feel different for many, as it is so often a chance for friends, families and colleagues to gather together and enjoy a shared passion.”
“I am sure however, that with the valiant efforts of the organizers, owners, trainers and stable staff, it will remain one of Britain’s finest sporting occasions and a highlight of the racing calendar,” she wrote.
The Ascot racecourse shared the Queen’s note on Twitter.
The Queen owns several horses who will be competing in the race. The Queen herself always brings a splash of colour to the racecourse.
There is always great interest in what the Queen will be wearing wears a matching hat.
Despite her absence it was very thoughtful of the Queen to send a heartfelt note.
“To everyone attending Royal Ascot, in person or virtually, I hope you have a most enjoyable and unique week of racing,” she wrote.
Much to her her disappointment this is the first time in 68 years during her reign that the Queen will not be attending the event in person.