Royal Ascot renames one of its biggest races the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes’ in honour of Her Late Majesty’s lifelong association with the iconic event… after newly-crowned King Charles III approves the decision
- Royal Ascot has renamed one of Saturday’s races in honour of Queen Elizabeth II
- As a racehorse owner herself, Her Late Majesty had 24 winners at the royal event
- King Charles III, who was crowned on Saturday, blessed the renaming of the race
Royal Ascot has renamed one of its most iconic races in honour of late Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain’s former monarch, who passed away in Balmoral Castle last September, had a lifelong association with Royal Ascot, developing a love and passion for horse racing throughout her 70-year reign.
The Platinum Jubilee Stakes, a six-furlong sprint which is staged on the Saturday of Ascot’s five day meeting, will from now on be known as the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.
After King Charles III, who was crowned last Saturday, blessed the renaming of the race, chairman of Ascot Sir Francis Brooke Bt. said: ‘The late Queen’s close association with Ascot Racecourse was well known throughout the world, but no race at the Royal Meeting previously carried the name of Queen Elizabeth II.
‘His Majesty the King has approved the renaming of the Platinum Jubilee Stakes to The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.
Royal Ascot has renamed one of its most iconic sprints in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II
Chairman of Royal Ascot Sir Francis Brooke Bt. (right) announced the decision on Thursday
Her Late Majesty developed a love and passion for horse racing throughout her 70-year reign
Queen Elizabeth II’s final triumph came by way of Tactical in the Windsor Castle Stakes in 2020
‘This will both honour Her Late Majesty in perpetuity and maintain the connection with the three Jubilees celebrated since the inception of the race as the Golden Jubilee Stakes in 2002.’
Queen Elizabeth II had 24 winners in total, having been a keen racehorse owner, with her final triumph coming by way of Tactical in the Windsor Castle Stakes three years ago.
Choir Boy raced home as her first ever winner during the 1953 Royal Hunt Cup, which occurred during the same week of Her Late Majesty’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.
Royal Ascot 2023 is scheduled to run from Tuesday June 20 until Saturday June 24 next month.
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