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Queen's racehorse stripped of Gold Cup placing after positive drugs test

Estimate tested positive for morphine in July. Credit: PA

A racehorse owned by the Queen has been stripped of its second place finish in this year's Ascot Gold Cup following a positive drugs test.

Estimate was one of eight horses to test positive for morphine in July, a substance which has since been traced back to a batch of contaminated feed.

A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary hearing ruled that trainer Sir Michael Stoute had in fact taken sufficient measures to prevent the incident from happening, and decided against imposing a fine.

Estimate finished as runner-up to Leading Light in the Gold Cup, having won the same race in 2013.

The £80,625 prize for second place will now be handed to Missunited, who originally finished third in the race.

Queen hopes Scots 'think very carefully' about vote

The Queen pictured speaking to crowds at Crathie Church, Aberdeenshire today. Credit: Donald Stewart

The Queen has urged Scottish voters to "think very carefully" before casting their ballots in Thursday's referendum.

She was heard making the off-camera remarks to members of the public during a visit to Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire.

The Telegraph newspaper said it understood the monarch had told the small crowd:

You have an important vote on Thursday.

I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.

– The Queen

It is thought to be her first public comment on the issue of Scottish independence.

Salmond: Queen 'will be proud' to be monarch of an independent Scotland

The Queen "will be proud" to be the monarch of an independent Scotland, according to Alex Salmond.

Scotland's First Minister also said he had an audience at Balmoral "but the proper position is you don't discuss these matters in public".

I want the Queen as head of state, as Queen of Scots of an independent Scotland as her ancestors were.

I think Her Majesty the Queen, who has seen so many events in the course of her long reign, will be proud to be Queen of Scots, and indeed we would be proud to have her as monarch of this land...

And I think the statement from the Palace about the Queen's neutrality in this matter is a perfectly satisfactory and perfectly sensible one.

– first minister alex salmond

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Queen's 'fears over being the last Queen of Scotland'

The Queen is apparently concerned that she might be the monarch presiding over the breaking up of the Union and be the last Queen of Scotland.

The Queen at the Highland Games over the weekend. Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

A source quoted in The Mirror said: "The Queen is a unionist, there is now a great deal of concern.

“If there is a Yes vote that puts us into uncharted territory constitutionally . Nothing is certain and her being Queen of Scotland is not a given.”

Maintaining the Union is believed to have been the main topic of conversation between the Queen and David Cameron as the Prime Minister visited Balmoral over the weekend.

Palace aides have stressed that the Queen remains neutral on the issue as with all political debates.

Queen honours WW1 soldiers in Crathie Kirk service

The Queen has attended a service of commemoration for WW1 soldiers in Aberdeenshire's Crathie Kirk Church.

The Queen has attended a service of commemoration to mark the start of the First World War. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The Queen sits in Crathie Kirk Church in Crathie, Aberdeenshire. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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