Royal Ascot 2023: Queen Elizabeth II to be Remembered in Racing and Pictures

Queen Elizabeth II is to be remembered at the first Royal Meeting of the new reign of King Charles III, in both racing and pictures at Royal Ascot 2023.

Main photograph by Rachel Groom.

PLATINUM JUBILEE STAKES RENAMED ‘THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II JUBILEE STAKES’

In memory of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the feature Group One race on the final day of Royal Ascot (24th June), The Platinum Jubilee Stakes, has been renamed The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.

Sir Francis Brooke Bt. His Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, 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. 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.”

Pictured: Artorius heads to post last year and will be bidding to go two places better in The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes this time around. Courtesy of Ascot Racecourse.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH THE ROYAL MEETING

Ascot Racecourse has collaborated with Official Partner Howden and Getty Images to create a photography exhibition that celebrates Her Late Majesty’s love of the Royal Meeting.

The exhibition will be on display to racegoers at Royal Ascot (Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 2023) as well as through an interactive digital exhibition available globally online.

Chris Jackson, Royal Photographer for Getty Images, has dived into the company’s extensive archive of over 135 million images to curate the collection of images of Queen Elizabeth II’s time at Royal Ascot during her 70-year reign.

The on-site exhibition will be housed within the Ascot Grandstand for the duration of the Royal Meeting where guests of the Royal Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure can enjoy this very special collection of images, some of which have never before been seen by the public.

Images of Queen Elizabeth II when her filly Estimate won the Gold Cup will be on display. This is of particular significance as Estimate’s 2013 victory
was the first time the Gold Cup had been won by a reigning monarch and this year will mark the 10-year anniversary of this momentous occasion.

Sir Francis Brooke Bt. His Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, commented on the new exhibition:

“The Late Queen’s close association with Ascot Racecourse was well known throughout the world and the Royal Meeting, in particular, was a very special occasion to her.

“His Majesty The King has been involved with the planning of this fitting tribute to his mother’s love of Royal Ascot. This collection of photographs will honour Her Late Majesty and celebrate the connection between her and the sport.”

Chris Jackson, Royal Photographer for Getty Images, said: “I photographed Queen Elizabeth II
at Ascot for many years and was always struck by how she was not only at her most relaxed but clearly totally in her element.

“The enjoyment she had for this prestigious event was reflected in her demeanour – focused, passionate and happy. Of course her love of horses is famous, but the deep roots she had in this event are also clear to see in images which capture her galloping down the course in 1953, or leading the Royal Family in the Royal Procession for well over half a century.

“There were countless magic Ascot moments over the years that made it an enjoyable challenge to curate this exhibition!”

Photographs courtesy of Ascot Racecourse.

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