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Platinum Jubilee: Princess Anne smiles on Epsom Derby Day

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Princess Anne Epsom Derby

Princess Anne glowed positively for the event (Picture: PA)

The dazzling Princess Anne could be seen smiling ear to ear as she arrived on Epsom Derby day, while the Queen watched from home.

Anne, accompanied by husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, arrived at the famous racecourse just before 1 pm today.

They were joined by Anne’s children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and her husband, former rugby player Mike.

Her Majesty the Queen could not attend the sporting event due to her mobility issues.

A souvenir race card was sent to her to follow all the activities live on TV live from Windsor Castle.

Princess Anne could be seen smiling at the crowd as they all waved their Union Jack flags in glee.

She appeared in the famous royal box as the national anthem could be heard at the famous racecourse.

Horse Racing - Derby Festival - Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, UK - June 4, 2022 Britain's Princess Anne leads the race Reuters/Peter Zibora

Princess Anne wowed the adorable crowd (Picture: Reuters)
She was engaged to husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence (Picture: Reuters)
Crowds celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Epsom Derby Day (Picture: Getty Images)

Anne was then seen shaking hands and laughing as she thanked the loyal audience for their warm welcome.

Although Her Majesty did not attend the event, it did not stop the celebrations from taking place.

40 jockeys donned their royal racing silks and formed a guard of honour, before the national anthem was sung.

Five of the emperor’s former racehorses were also paraded and a selection of hats inspired by the seven decades of his reign were also displayed.

Frankie Dettori and Willie Carson ride some of Queen’s most memorable winners, who are part of the course along with all the other jockeys.

Taking his pride in riding in the Queen’s racing colors for BBC News, Dettori said: ‘Every time you see these (colours) on your pegs, you have that importance and it’s a great deal. It’s a great honor.

‘Look she’s a huge lover of horse racing, and as you say she’s only missed the Derby twice.

‘But I’m sure she’ll get a TV today and she’s going to watch it live because she loves Derby so much.

‘She’s been breeding horses for over 60 years, she knows all the bloodlines and she’s won a lot of races and she’s very knowledgeable.’

The Queen’s lone runner, Just Fine, was removed from the World Pool Northern Dancer Handicap on Thursday at the 48-hour declaration stage.

His hopes of winning the Derby were dashed earlier in May when his horse Reach for the Moon, one of the favourites, and two others were withdrawn.

Queen-owned Thoroughbreds have won four of the five flat racing classics, the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger, the only Derby left to her.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is well and truly upon us.

The ceremony, which takes place from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, marks Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts and other special events involving the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

For all the latest updates visit Metro.co.uk’s Platinum Jubilee page.

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