Queen delight: Monarch receives unexpected gift on anniversary of coronation day

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The Queen’s coronation day took place on June 2 1953, with yesterday marking the 67th anniversary of this key event. The monarch continues to self-isolating at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip. 

This means she didn’t have the chance to properly celebrate this key date with other members of the family.

She also asked not to mark the anniversary with a traditional gun salute, similarly to what happened on her birthday in April.

However, the monarch still received a present on the day, with her horse, First Receiver, claiming the top spot at Kempton on Tuesday. 

Following the Queen’s horse victory, Kempton Park Racecourse tweeted the victory was “Social Distancing at its finest”.

First Receiver was ridden by Ryan Moore, whose uniform had the Queen’s racing colours – royal purple with gold braid, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap with a gold fringe.

Racing resumed, behind closed doors, on Monday after an 11-week long break.

Strict rules are in place to make sure the safety and health of jockeys and their staff are ensured, including social distancing and strict hygiene.

The first races took place at Newcastle Racecourse.

The Queen, as reported by the Daily Express, is believed to have cleared her diary for Monday afternoon to be able to enjoy the return of horse-racing, at least on TV.

Royal fans were reminded of the Queen’s love for horses over the weekend.

On Sunday evening, the Royal Family’s Twitter account published two pictures showing the Queen riding her 14-year-old horse Fern on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The smiling monarch looked particularly healthy and relaxed as she donned white gloves and riding trousers, a tweed jacket and a colourful headscarf.

The Queen has been staying at Windsor Castle since March 19, when she was spotted leaving Buckingham Palace in a car with her dorgi.  

Ever since, she has been self-isolating at Windsor Castle with her husband, who had been helicoptered there from his cottage on the Sandringham estate, and 22 members of the royal household’s staff.

According to reports, the royals’ staff is on a strict three weeks on, three weeks off schedule to reduce chances for the couple to get in contact with coronavirus.

Master of the household Tony Johnstone-Burt drew a comparison between the current situation at Windsor Castle and his 40-year-long experience in the Royal Navy. 

In a memo to his staff, the 62-year-old royal aide coined the term “HMS Bubble” to describe the ongoing situation at the Berkshire castle.

He wrote: “There are 22 Royal Household staff inside the Bubble, and it struck me that our predicament is not dissimilar to my former life in the Royal Navy on a long overseas deployment.

“Indeed, the challenges that we are facing whether self-isolating alone at home, or with our close household and families, have parallels with being at sea away from home for many months, and having to deal with a sense of dislocation, anxiety and uncertainty.” 

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