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The King presents the trophy for a race renamed in His Majesty’s honour

The King has presented the trophy to the winners of the King Charles III Stakes – a race renamed in honour of His Majesty.

Previously known as the King’s Stand Stakes, the 75-year-old royal gave his blessing for the race to be renamed in his honour.

The Group 1 five-furlong sprint is the fifth race on the Royal Ascot programme to be named after a British monarch.

There are also races names in honour of Queen Anne, King Edward VII, King George V and Queen Elizabeth II.

The inaugural winner of the King Charles III Stakes was Asfoora, trained by Henry Dwyer and ridden by Oisin Murphy.

His Majesty’s representative at Ascot, Sir Francis Brooke, said Sir Francis Brooke, said: “We are delighted to have renamed our premier five-furlong sprint in honour of His Majesty The King.”

The King was not the only member of The Royal Family to make trophy presentations on the first day of the royal meeting.

The Princess Royal conducted the presentation for the Coventry Stakes, with Her Majesty Queen Camilla presenting the trophy to the winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes.