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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attend Epsom Derby

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed a day of racing today as they attended the Investec Derby in Epsom Downs, the world’s most famous flat race.

Dressed in a royal blue and white outfit with a matching hat, the 90-year-old monarch waved to the crowd as she was transported to the winning enclosure in a Bentley.

Joining The Queen and Prince Philip were The Duke of York and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 95-years-old on Friday, looked in good spirits as he smiled to the crowd, despite having to pull out of an engagement to attend the Battle of Jutland commemorations earlier in the week.

The race is regarded as the most prestigious in the British racing calendar, and is held annually at Epsom Downs Racecourse, just under 15 miles from central London.

The race is only open to three year old colts and always attracts a very large crowd of enthusiastic spectators.

Wings of Desire  and US Army Ranger are the joint favourite going in to the race at 4/1  followed by Ulysses at 7/1.

The Queen as she arrived at the racecourse, surrounded by people trying to get a glimpse of her. [Photo: @Channel4Racing

The Queen as she arrived at the racecourse, surrounded by people trying to get a glimpse of her. [Photo: @Channel4Racing]

Her Majesty will present the trophy to the winning horse’s trainer, jockey and connections at the end of the race for  the first time in her reign.

The Queen currently has won over 1,600 races making her one of the most successful racehorse owners in history. She has had 10 runners in The Derby, the first in 1953 and the latest was in 2011 when Carlton House finished 3rd. However, it is the one classic race that she has yet to win. The closest she has been to winning the race was in her coronation year, 1953, when Aureole finished second to Pinza.

She will have to wait a little longer yet before she gets a winner, as none of The Queen’s horses are racing in the prestigious race.

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