Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II was smiling broadly as she attended the last day of the Ascot races on Saturday, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to push politicians to act speedier versus local weather alter.

The 95-12 months-old queen, a eager racing fan and racehorse operator, has attended Ascot practically each and every yr of her 7-10 years reign. She was absent very last yr, when the function was held without having spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. Her return arrived two months just after the dying of her spouse, Prince Philip, at 99.

Dressed in a mint-eco-friendly outfit and matching hat, the queen was applauded by the crowd as she arrived to cheer on four horses she owns that were racing on Saturday. She smiled broadly as she inspected a single of her horses, Reach for the Moon, just after it finished a close second.

The annual racing meeting west of London is a heady combine of horses, extravagant headwear, extravagant dress, champagne and strawberries with product.

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Protesters from environmental group Extinction Rebel unfurled a banner studying “Racing to Extinction” at the racecourse on Saturday. The team stated four women of all ages glued themselves to their banner and chained themselves to the fence in a protest supposed to be found by the queen. She was not close by at the time.

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