Queen takes part in minute's silence for Sir Henry Cecil

The Queen took part in a minute's silence at Royal Ascot for legendary horse racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died last week aged 70.

Queen Elizabeth II observes a minute's silence for the late Sir Henry Cecil. Credit: PA

The monarch, who is a passionate horse owner, was greeted with cheers as she rode into the famous racecourse in a carriage with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Ascot hosts the famous five-day meeting which is as much a social event as an important sporting fixture that attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers in the world.

The Queen wrote in the official programme: "I was fortunate enough to own a winner at last year's royal meeting, so I know what a thrill it is to have success at this wonderful racecourse, whether you are a trainer, jockey, or one of the many hard-working stable staff associated with every runner.

"I would like to wish all those involved the very best of luck."


Ascot winner dies after race

Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh. Murtagh said the colt "ran his heart out".