During a private visit to the Jockey Club Rooms at Newmarket on Monday, Her Majesty The Queen unveiled a brand new portrait of herself that also depicts her mare, Estimate, that won the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Queen, who is patron of the Jockey Club, beamed as the artwork by Paul Benney was unveiled. The portrait was commissioned by the Jockey Club in recognition of Her Majesty’s significant contribution to British hors racing over the years.
The Jockey Club is the largest commercial group in British horseracing and its assets include Cheltenham, Aintree,
Epsom Downs and Newmarket racecourses. The Jockey Club has a 263 year heritage and focuses its resources, assets and influence on ensuring horseracing remains the best sport in the world. Her Majesty The Queen is patron of The Jockey Club whilst some of its members include Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Prior to the unveiling of the portrait, The Queen travelled to the National Stud to mark its centenary year. The National Stud is also located in Newmarket and offers a range of a services to the thoroughbred breeding and racing industries from its stallion and boarding operations to its education courses. During her visit to the stud, Her Majesty also planted a tree to mark the organisations centenary as well as inspecting all five of the stud’s stallions.
Senior steward of The Jockey Club, Roger Weatherby, spoke of Her Majesty’s visit, “We were honoured and delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to the National Stud and the Jockey Club Rooms. She is a wonderful advocate for our sport and continues to make a tremendous contribution as our patron and a leading racehorse breeder and owner.”
John Warren, The Queen’s racing adviser, also joined her at Newmarket, “Her Majesty was delighted to visit both the National Stud and the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket. In doing so The Queen saw the wonderful new stallion Toronado, unveiled the splendid portrait and met many members of the Jockey Club.”
The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and is governed by a royal charter.
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