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Queen gets more nervous about her horse races than she did on her coronation, royal author reveals

The Queen once quipped that she gets more nervous about her horse races than she did about her own televised coronation, a royal author has claimed.

Her Majesty, 94, made the admission minutes before attending the 1953 event, according to writer Karen Dolby, who shared the amusing moment in her recent book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family.

It comes after the Queen was said to be ‘delighted’ to have a winner on day two of Royal Ascot, with one of her horses, Tactical, claiming victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday.

The Queen (pictured at Windsor Castle in June) once quipped that she gets more nervous about her horse races than she did about her own televised coronation, a royal author has claimed

The Queen (pictured at Windsor Castle in June) once quipped that she gets more nervous about her horse races than she did about her own televised coronation, a royal author has claimed

It comes after the Queen was said to be 'delighted' to have a winner on day two of Royal Ascot, with one of her horses, Tactical (above), claiming victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday

It comes after the Queen was said to be ‘delighted’ to have a winner on day two of Royal Ascot, with one of her horses, Tactical (above), claiming victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes on Wednesday

Writing in her book, Karen said, via The Sun: ‘Arriving at Westminster for her coronation on the 2 June 1953, one of the Queen’s attendants commented, ‘you must be feeling very nervous ma’am?”

To which the monarch, quite unexpectedly, replied: ‘Of course I am…But I really do think the Aureole will win.’

Karen explained: ‘She was talking about her horse due to run in the Derby four days later. In the end he was runner-up, second to Pinza.’

The Queen’s love of horses is well documented and is she is said to be ‘delighted’ with her Royal Ascot win, according to her racing manager John Warren.

But he added that she is likely to have felt a tinge of disappointment at not being there to see the victory in person.

Her Majesty, 94, made the admission minutes before attending her 1953 coronation (above), according to writer Karen Dolby, who shared the amusing moment in her recent book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family

Her Majesty, 94, made the admission minutes before attending her 1953 coronation (above), according to writer Karen Dolby, who shared the amusing moment in her recent book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family

This year’s Royal Ascot is taking place behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, having started on Tuesday and running until Saturday.   

The monarch is following the coverage on television from Windsor Castle, where she is isolating with her husband Prince Philip, 99. 

It is the first time in her 68-year reign that she has not attended the popular annual horse racing event.

Wednesday saw success for the head of state when one of her horses, Tactical, claimed victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

Trainer Andrew Balding said: ‘It’s obviously a great thrill for all of us to have a royal winner at the Royal meeting.

The monarch is following the Royal Ascot coverage on television from Windsor Castle, where she is isolating with her husband Prince Philip (pictured together in the grounds in June), 99

 The monarch is following the Royal Ascot coverage on television from Windsor Castle, where she is isolating with her husband Prince Philip (pictured together in the grounds in June), 99








‘On race days we tend to give the Queen a ring in the morning and give her our thoughts. We did that this morning, so she was well informed.’

The win will have been the icing on the cake as the Queen followed proceedings closely from home, Mr Warren said.

He added: ‘Throughout the conversations the Queen was saying how delighted she is to produce a two-year-old winner at Royal Ascot.’

Mr Warren described the monarch as ‘very pragmatic’ and someone who ‘doesn’t get frustrated lightly’ but said there will most likely have been some disappointment on her part at not being present for the win.

It was the Queen’s 24th Royal Ascot winner and first since Dartmouth won the 2016 Hardwicke Stakes. 

Mr Warren added: ‘I suspect deep down there was a tinge of disappointment she was not there but it was completely overridden by the fact she had a winner and was proud of breeding it.’  

The Queen has been around horses since her early childhood, with her first riding lesson taking place when she was just four-years-old at the Buckingham Palace Mews.

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