Queen 'wants Christmas back at Sandringham' says expert
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The Queen was surely left delighted on Saturday when she achieved yet another triumph on the racecourse. On November 6, her horse King’s Lynn won the Wentworth Stakes – a yearly listed flat horse race taking place in Doncaster.
The four-year-old horse, led by jockey David Probert, was named after a town in Norfolk close to the Queen’s beloved residence in Sandringham – where Her Majesty spent the past weekend.
Following this victory, the monarch collected £24,385 in prize money.
This triumph on the turf comes less than a month after the Queen was inducted into the official hall of fame for British flat racing, a move honouring her dedication, support and love for the sport.
Her racing manager, John Warren, said last month this recognition would be the source of a “lot of inner pride” for the sovereign.
He said: “I suspect that the Queen will have a lot of inner pride in being invited into the Hall of Fame.
“The Queen’s contribution to racing and breeding derives from a lifelong commitment.
“Her love of horses and their welfare comes with a deep understanding of what is required to breed, rear, train and ride a thoroughbred.
“Her Majesty’s fascination is unwavering and her pleasure derives from all of her horses – always accepting the outcome of their ability so gracefully.”
The Queen inherited the Royal Family’s horse breeding operation in 1952, following the death of King George VI.
Over the past decades, she gathered more than 1,800 victories – the first one taking place at Fontwell Park in 1949 with a horse named Monaveen.
The only British Classic race the Queen has yet to win is The Derby.
However, she will have the chance to triumph at Epsom next year, with the race taking place during a very important weekend of celebration for her Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s victory on the turf in Doncaster came as she was spending her first weekend in Sandringham in months.
The monarch reportedly left Windsor Castle in a helicopter on Thursday.
This trip was undertaken while the monarch continues to only carry out light duties in accordance with her doctors’ advice.
A source told the Daily Mirror: “The Queen had been hoping she would still be able to spend the weekend at Sandringham and was delighted her doctors gave her the all-clear to travel.
“Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited.
“The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible.
“But she travelled on the understanding with her doctors that she continues to rest as advised.”
On Saturday morning, she was spotted being driven around the estate’s grounds.
The Queen appeared in high spirits as she smiled in the seat next to the driver’s wearing a colourful headscarf and sunglasses.
After carrying out more than a dozen in-person and virtual duties in less than three weeks last month, the sovereign agreed to only engage in light desk work – such as dealing with the Government’s red boxes – and undertake some virtual audiences.
While it has already been announced she will not attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, Buckingham Palace stressed it is the Queen’s “firm intention” to be at the Cenotaph for the National Service of Remembrance next Sunday.
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