Exhibition shows Queen is long to reign over us

Queen Elizabeth II laughs as she attends a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 23, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Academy. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II laughs as she attends a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 23, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Academy. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire
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THE Queen’s life-long interest in horse racing is being celebrated in a new exhibition touring British racecourses and other venues, including Haydock Park Racecourse this weekend.

The exhibition, entitled All The Queen’s Horses, looks at the Queen’s most memorable moments on the Turf during her 60-year reign.

Pictures of many of her most significant winners and other special occasions that reflect her passion for the sport have been included.

The display, mounted at the racecourse near Wigan on Saturday, contains more than 50 images, including several rarely seen photographs from the 1940s and ’50s, showing the then Princess Elizabeth at the races with the Queen Mother.

Other pictures capture her delight in the winners’ enclosure or in conversation with famous trainers and jockeys who have served her over the decades.

Seldom-seen historical photographs also show the Queen’s keen interest in the breeding aspects of racing.

What many of the images show, is that the Queen appears at her most relaxed on Britain’s racecourses, enthralled by every aspect of a day at the races.

A full list of venues and dates can be found at www.lovetheraces.com.

Many of the images on display can also be found in a new book entitled Her Majesty’s Pleasure: How Horseracing Enthrals the Queen which is published by Racing Post Books to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, written by racing journalist, Julian Muscat.