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Camilla discusses the Queen’s love for horse racing
Camilla took the centre stage on the opening day of Royal Ascot yesterday. As the Queen missed the races in Windsor, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess were the highest-ranking members of the Royal Family on the racecourse.
Camilla did not just watch the races but also gave a poignant interview during which she shared her personal insight into Her Majesty’s life-long interests in the sport.
The Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, also paid tribute to Camilla’s interest in horse racing, saying the Duchess is “absolutely besotted” by the sport.
The prominence of Camilla as Ascot returned sparked speculation in racing circles the Duchess maybe being primed to succeed the Queen at the royal stud, The Times wrote.
And a source told the newspaper Camilla was regarded as a serious candidate to assume control of the Queen’s string of racehorses.
Camilla spoke yesterday about the Queen’s love for horse racing
Camilla and Prince Charles at yesterday’s opening of Royal Ascot
The source also claimed the Queen had encouraged her son and daughter-in-law to increase their involvement in racing.
As a result, the publication added, Charles and Camilla were given a brood mare, Dark Swan.
One of the horse’s progeny is Dark Motive, the only horse owned by the two royals to have raced so far this year.
Prince Charles enjoyed a brief spell as an amateur jockey in the early 1980s and has owned a number of horses during his life.
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The Queen and John Warren
Mr Warren spoke about Charles and Camilla’s involvement in horse racing during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today.
He said: “It has been a slow burn. Prince Charles has always followed it, but it has been his mother’s interest, so it has been at arm’s length.
“He owns a few horses himself, in partnership with the Duchess of Cornwall.
“She is absolutely besotted by racing, so it is wonderful that they have opted to go for two days, and start to really focus on the breeding side of things.”
The Queen skipped Royal Ascot yesterday for the second time since 1946
Camilla and Prince Charles got married in 2005
To attend the opening of Royal Ascot, Camilla donned a pastel blue striped dress by Bruce Oldfield, who also created a matching face covering for the Duchess.
During her interview with ITV Racing, Camilla didn’t just speak about the Queen’s love for the sport and her immense knowledge.
Asked if she would like to see the legacy and link between horse racing and royals established by the Queen continued through the next generation, Camilla said: “Oh, I certainly would.
“I love it. I hope it will continue.
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“Royal patronage of racing is extremely important for the whole industry.”
And speaking about her own involvement with racing, she continued:
“There’s nothing to describe the excitement of winning.
“It’s the most exciting thing in the world.
Camilla and Prince Charles own a few horses
“I’ve got a couple in training at the moment.”
The Queen missed yesterday’s first day of races at Ascot for the second time since 1946.
Much like all the other racegoers, last year the Queen was forced to watch the races on TV, as they went ahead behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking about the Queen’s knowledge of horse racing, Camilla said: “The Queen is the biggest expert of all time.
“There is nothing she doesn’t know about it. You wouldn’t want to think you knew better because she does have all the answers.”