Royal Ascot: The Queen misses her favourite meeting for the first time in 68 years

The horse racing festival is one of the highlights of the British social calendar and has been a permanent feature of the monarch’s calendar.

While the race can go as planned, the global pandemic has prevented Ascot’s usual traditions.

There will be no royal procession, no trophy presentation and nothing of the pomp and ceremony so closely associated with the event.

“In these difficult times, we are once again delighted to welcome the best horses and jockeys from around the world and to pay tribute to those who helped make this race possible.”

“This year, Ascot will feel different for many, because it is often an opportunity for friends, families and colleagues to come together and share a common passion.

“I am sure, however, that with the courageous efforts of the organizers, owners, coaches and stable staff, this will remain one of the greatest sporting opportunities in Britain and a highlight of the racing calendar.”

LILY: A day in the life of Royal Ascot
Signs of social distancing are observed inside the Ascot racecourse this year.

The meeting usually draws hundreds of thousands of eager spectators, but this year’s edition will be limited to only those essential for racing days.

Emphasis will be placed on an extensive world-class racing program with 36 competitions taking place over five days.

However, the overall prize pot has been significantly reduced to around $ 4.65 million – in 2019 it was $ 9.11 million – due to what Ascot Racecourse general manager Guy Henderson has called “unprecedented times”.

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