Just Photos Of The Queen Really Enjoying Horse Racing

The Queen had to miss a Platinum Jubilee day at the races. So here are photos of her enjoying them throughout her reign.

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Queen Elizabeth II attends day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2021, in Ascot, England.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen would not be attending the Derby at Epsom Downs for only the third time in her reign. This was a disappointment to royal watchers, because the Queen loves horses. Riding horses. Showing horses. Horse racing. Horse breeding. Horses are one of her life's biggest passions.

In fact, one of the biggest events held for her Platinum Jubilee in honor of her 70 years on the throne was an equestrian extravaganza called "A Gallop Through History."

HM The Queen getting into the spirit of her Official Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Windsor Horse Show ‘A Gallop Through History’ 🐴 👑

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Even though she wouldn't be attending the races on Saturday, behind-the-scenes footage of the Queen with some of her many horses was released to ITV Racing on Saturday.

"Would you like another one?" 🥕 Unseen footage of Her Majesty The Queen released to #ITVRacing - look out for the extended feature with @chamberlinsport this afternoon on @ITV 👀 Watch in full 👉 https://t.co/exhlRxWShs #platinumjubilee | #CazooDerby

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But the Queen's absence at Epsom Downs this year means that the world was deprived of one of the best opportunities to see the Queen break her regal "stiff upper lip" demeanor.

Because when it comes to horses and horse racing, Her Majesty gets really into it, particularly because she often has her own horses in the races she watches.

So, in honor of her 70 years on the throne, here are 25 pictures of her in her element — watching horses do their thing.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches the racing as she attends the "Derby Day" of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 1, 2019, in Epsom, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II enjoys the races at Epsom Derby, June 1, 1988.

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Queen Elizabeth II attends the Dubai Duty Free Raceday at Newbury Racecourse on April 19, 2013, where she watched her horse Sign Manual win race five, "The Dreweatts Handicap Stakes," with John Warren her racing manager and Michael Bell her trainer also cheering it on.

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The Queen at the derby races with her private secretary, Sir William Heseltine

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The Queen Mother, Prince Charles, and the Queen at the derby

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Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse Ring of Truth in race two at the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury Racecourse on April 17, 2015, in Newbury, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches the Vodafone Derby from the Royal Box at Epsom Downs in Surrey.

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Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II watch St Leger at Doncaster, Sept. 12, 1953.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, watch the racing from the balcony of the royal box during the Epsom Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 6, 2009, in Epsom, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II reacts as she watches the racing on day four, "Gold Cup Day," of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2009, in Cheltenham, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches a race through binoculars from a grandstand at the Calcutta races during a state visit to India with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Feb. 20, 1961.

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Queen Elizabeth II and John Warren cheer on her horse Estimate to win the Gold Cup on Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013, in Ascot, England.

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The Queen using a pair of binoculars to watch the derby, next to Her Majesty's representative at Ascot, Sir Piers Bengough

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Queen Elizabeth II reacts after her horse Carlton House comes in third in the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs racecourse on June 4, 2011, in Epsom, England. Carlton Hall had been the bookmakers' favorite to win the Derby, but lost out to Pour Moi.

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Princess Margaret, Princess Elizabeth, and Group Captain Peter Townsend in the Royal Box at Ascot, June 13, 1951

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Queen Elizabeth II grimaces while watching the racing from the balcony of the Royal Box as she attends Derby Day during the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 4, 2016, in Epsom, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II, her racing manager John Warren, and Princess Michael of Kent watch the racing from the balcony of the Royal Box as they attend Derby Day during the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 6, 2015, in Epsom, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II, while celebrating her 91st birthday, watches the racing as she attends the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury Racecourse on April 21, 2017, in Newbury, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II crosses her fingers as she watches her horse Ring of Truth run in the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes during the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury Racecourse on April 17, 2015, in Newbury, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, and Henry Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon, racing manager to Queen Elizabeth II, watching the horseracing at the derby meeting, at Epsom racecourse, in Epsom, Surrey, England, June 1, 1988

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (center) standing next to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (second from right), smiles from the royal balcony as she looks down on the winning horse in the Derby race on Derby Day, the second day of the Epsom Derby horse racing festival, at Epsom in Surrey, southern England, on June 2, 2012, the first official day of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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Queen Elizabeth II alongside Sir Michael Oswald, manager of the Royal Stud, at Epsom racecourse for the Derby meeting, in Epsom, Surrey, England, June 1983.

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Queen Elizabeth II cheers on her horse Estimate to win the Gold Cup on Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013, in Ascot, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II attends day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2019, in Ascot, England.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 91, watches her horse Call to Mind win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes at Newbury Racecourse on April 22, 2017, in Newbury, England.

And finally, here's a bonus photo of her with one of the many cups she's won.

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Queen Elizabeth II holds the Gold Cup with Prince Andrew, Duke of York, after Ryan Moore riding Estimate won the Gold Cup during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013, in Ascot, England.