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All The Queen's Horses

Queen Elizabeth II taking part in an unofficial race at Royal Ascot in 1960 Photo: PA Archive

The Queen has had a lifelong passion for horses and horse racing which is an interest she shared with her mother - whose own horses won hundreds of races.

The Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Anne study the form guide ahead of the Derby in 1988 Credit: PA

As an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, the Queen has also enjoyed success herself and has won four of the five classic flat races: 1,000 Guineas Stakes, 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Oaks, and St. Ledger Stakes.

Her first classic victory was in 1958, when Pall Mall won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Pall Mall, the Queen's winning horse, is led in after jockey Doug Smith rode him to victory in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket Credit: PA/PA Archive
The Queen is all smiles after her horse, Highclere wins the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1974 Credit: PA Archive/Press Association

Every year, she attends the Derby at Epsom, one of the classic flat races in Britain, and the Summer Race Meeting at Ascot, which has been a Royal occasion since 1911.

Not even the pomp, pageantry and excitement of her Coronation in 1953 could keep her away, just four days later, the Queen attended the Derby.

The Queen arrives at the Royal box to see the Coronation Year Derby at Epsom on 6 June 1953 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association
Bookmaker 'Johnny of Bromley' with a patriotic display in the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Credit: PA Photos/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shortly after that she scored a win in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Queen with other members of the Royal family, smiles as her horse 'Choir Boy' wins at Royal Ascot in 1953 Credit: PA Archive

The Queen's horses have won at Royal Ascot on a number of occasions and in 1954 she achieved a double when Landau won the Rous Memorial Stakes and a stallion called Aureole won the Hardwicke Stakes.

Aureole ridden by E Smith (nearest in frame) takes second placed horse Janitor ridden by E Mercer to a photo finish Credit: PA Archive/Press Association
The Queen gives her four-year-old colt Aureole a congratulatory pat on the nose after his victory at Ascot in 1954 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association

The Queen biggest success to date was her horse Dunfermline winning the Oaks and the St Leger in her Silver Jubilee year in 1977.

Queen Elizabeth II's filly Dunfermline, ridden by Willie Carson, just beats Freeze the Secret at Epsom to win the Oaks Credit: PA/PA Wire

The Derby is the one flat classic she has never won. Though she did come close in 2011, when her horse Carlton House finished third.

Jockey Ryan Moore rode the Queen's horse Carlton House in the 2011 Investec Derby Credit: PA

The Queen was pictured looking disappointed the race favourite lost out to Pour Moi at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Her Majesty The Queen comes out onto the Royal Balcony after her horse Carlton House finished a close third in the Derby at Epsom Credit: Credit: John Giles/PA

But watching her horses compete often makes the Queen smile as the picture below illustrates.

Queen Elizabeth II watches one of her horses compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2011 Credit: PA
Frankie Dettori jokes with The Queen, after receiving his prize for winning the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot Credit: Neil Munns/PA Archive

In May, the Queen attended an equine pageant at Windsor Castle featuring 550 horses from around the world, celebrating more than 250 Commonwealth and state visits made during her 60-year reign.

The Carousel of the Carabinieri perform at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle, Berkshire Credit: PA

The Queen was also given a bridle from The Worshipful Company of Loriners at the show.

Queen Elizabeth II is given a bridle from The Worshipful Company of Loriners to mark the Diamond Jubilee Credit: PA

It is just one of many horse-related gifts the Queen has been given over the years including a horse from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Queen receives a gift of a Canadian sport horse called James from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1998 Credit: Press Association

This year, the Queen attended the Epsom Derby horse race at Epsom racecourse England at the start of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The Queen arrives at Epsom racecourse at the start of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration Credit: PA Wire