Horse racing fans will miss the Queen this weekend following reports she intends to give the Epsom Derby a miss amid her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Epsom Downs are accustomed to hosting royalty during one of the biggest flat-racing weekends of the year. In fact, the Queen has only missed the Epsom Derby a handful of times since ascending to the throne 70 years ago and usually has one of her own horses in the race.
It was back in 1991 when Elizabeth II was merely on her silver Jubilee medal that the head of the monarchy appeared alongside her Mother at Epsom. Their presence wasn't the good-luck charm she hoped, however, as the royal-owned Enharmonic could only finish fourth in the Diomed Stakes.
Brought to tears watching the action, Her Majesty can be seen turning to her mum as she wipes tears from her face, exclaiming: "Do you know that I haven't watched from a pair of binoculars for ages? Look at it. Pouring with tears!"
The Queen goes on to say she 'always watches it on the television.' When the Queen Mother puts it to her that "it's the emotion" that's caused her condition, Elizabeth II chirps back: "No mummy! It's if you look into the wind like that!"
The footage originally aired as part of the BBC Documentary 'Elizabeth R' in 1992 and showed the royal pair at their most playful. Fans hoping for the Queen to produce a winner this weekend will be disappointed after her sole remaining runner was removed from the field.
That 1991 episode thankfully wasn't the last of Enharmonic's tale at Epsom. The horse returned to the Downs in 1993 and eventually won the Diomed Stakes with an up-and-coming Frankie Dettori as its jockey.
The Queen Mother, the late Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) and Prince Charles were also in attendance to witness the triumph. Their victory was made all the sweeter, too, considering Enharmonic crossed the line as a 12/1 underdog.
Tears are bound to be at a minimum should the Queen watch this weekend's Epsom action from afar, with the festival getting underway on Friday. Emily Upjohn is the major favourite to triumph in the Epsom Oaks before Sir Michael Stoute-trained Desert Crown leads Saturday's Epsom Derby as front-runner.
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