Queen Elizabeth II skips Ascot for the first time in 70 years

For the first time in almost 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II missed the races at Ascot due to mobility problems. This is reported by The Telegraph newspaper.

Ascot Horse Racing— is a British social event held annually in Ascot, Berkshire. The races are held on 179 acres, which the organizers rent from the British royal estate. The first races took place in 1711 under the auspices of Queen Anne Stuart.

Elizabeth II recorded a video message to the guests of the event. The royal family was represented at the races by Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

The Telegraph called the Queen's absence from the event “the end of an era”. Since the beginning of her reign in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has never missed a race at Ascot. Horses from the royal stable take part in the races. Guests also bet on the color of the hat that Elizabeth II will wear to the event.

In early June, celebrations were held in the UK in honor of the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II. However, the queen was not able to attend all the events. On the first day of the celebration, she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and watched the festive parade with her family members, but then the monarch's office announced that Elizabeth would miss the thanksgiving service due to the discomfort she experienced while participating in the celebrations. Then the queen took part in lighting the main jubilee fire, and on the last day of the holiday she again went out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the people gathered in front of him.

In February, Elizabeth II contracted the coronavirus and complained that it was difficult for her to move. From October last year until March this year, the queen did not attend outdoor events.

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