Queen Elizabeth Is All Smiles as She Returns to Ascot Racecourse

For followers of the royal family, it's a pretty well-known fact that Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of horses.

At merely the age of four, Her Royal Majesty received her first Shetland pony, and her love of horses has only grown since that time. Throughout the years, the queen has continued to ride these noble steeds, and she was even pictured atop a pony named Fern just last year.

And while she loves riding, the queen is just as fond of watching horses race, which is why for the last 69 years, Queen Elizabeth has been in attendance at the opening day of the Royal Ascot, a five-day horserace that takes place at the Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, England.

However, earlier this year, when the Royal Ascot opened its doors back up to visitors after barring spectators in 2020, the queen decided to watch the event from the comfort of her home. Even though it was a shocking change in tradition for the queen, she obviously couldn't stay away from the venue for long, because she returned to the racecourse this weekend, where she was all smiles.

A video of the queen was shared to the official Ascot Racecourse Instagram, where they said, “Her Majesty The Queen presents Jim Crowley with his memento following The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) #Ascot #ChampionsDay.”

It's been a busy week for the queen, who attended a special service at Westminster Abbey just a few days ago, followed by her appearance at the opening of the Welsh Parliament alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

We're just happy to see that she is still making time for horse races.

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Joel Calfee

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