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.
The three-week-old star of Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad now has a name: Hope.
Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that its contest to find a name for the foal born Jan. 16 at the company’s Clydesdale ranch in mid-Missouri generated more than 60,000 tweets, Facebook comments and other messages.
Hope was one of the more popular names generated through the social media effort.
“We were overwhelmed by the response we got,” Lori Shambro, brand director for Budweiser, said in a statement.
“Many of our fans wanted a name to reflect their optimism and spirit, which the name Hope encapsulates beautifully,” Shambro said.
The foal now weighs 200 pounds and will weigh roughly 2,000 pounds when she is grown, said John Soto, supervisor of Warm Springs Ranch, where Anheuser-Busch raises Clydesdales near Boonville, Mo.
Hope was the second Clydesdale born at Warm Springs Ranch this year.
“This newest member of the Budweiser Clydesdale family was 7 days old on the day this part of the Super Bowl commercial was filmed,” said Jeff Knapper, general manager of Clydesdale operations, in a press release. More than 30 Clydesdales are expected to be born in 2013.
According to Knapper, “A star was truly born on Jan. 16.”
And now she is known as “Hope”.
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Photos: Courtesy of Budweiser