A beaming Queen Elizabeth II received the Gold Cup trophy on Thursday after becoming the first reigning British monarch in history with a winning horse in Royal Ascot’s biggest race.
The 87-year-old queen watched joyously as, Estimate, her much-fancied young filly crossed the finish line.
The queen, who has been on the throne for 61 years, has attended Ascot every year since 1945. Thursday’s win was her 22nd overall at Ascot, but the first in the signature Gold Cup.
The Queen joins with her horse, Estimate, in the Winners Enclosure, a first for a reigning monarch in the race’s 207-year history.
The horse-loving queen is widely respected as an expert on horse breeding and racing.
According to the BBC, the queen has won various races at Ascot at least 21 times, the first, famously, came just two weeks after her 1953 Coronation when her horse, Choir Boy, won the Hunt Cup.
Queen Elizabeth II is presented the Gold Cup by her son Prince Andrew, duke of York, after her horse “Estimate” wins.