Queen Elizabeth watched the Epsom Derby in her “comfy clothes,” her granddaughter Zara Tindall said.
The 96-year-old monarch was scheduled to attend the famous races on Saturday (06/04/22) as part of his Platinum Anniversary celebrations, but was forced to miss the event due to discomfort at Trooping the Color earlier this week, but Zara confirmed that the monarch was following the events closely. from Windsor Castle.
Zara, who attended the event with her mother, Princess Anne, on behalf of the Queen, said: “She will be watching on TV – she has several runners scattered around the country today, so she knows exactly what is going on.
“She will just sit on the couch and watch TV. She will be in her comfortable clothes.”
At the event, 40 former and current Her Majesty’s jockeys formed a guard of honor to celebrate her 70th birthday as Zara, 41, enjoyed the royal procession.
She said: “It was amazing. It was so nice to see so many faces. It was funny to see them trying to fit in the colors again, all retirees.
“Obviously we would like her (the Queen) to be here. But it’s nice to be here.”
Former jockey Willie Carson presented the Queen with red, gold and purple racing colors for the celebration and proudly paid tribute to the monarch.
He said: “I think most of the jockeys today who were in colors had the great honor of doing so.
“I am honored to do this. It’s a nice feeling when you wear these colors and you feel a little proud of yourself and proud to be wearing these colors.
“This is a great event as we are celebrating our platinum anniversary this week and it’s great that we were asked to be a part of it.
“I know for a fact that Her Majesty watched at home and she enjoyed it very much.”