… …makes first public appearance since lockdown
HORSE racing in the United Kingdom which was stopped during lockdown began yesterday with the Queen of England appearing in public for the first time relaxed in a special horse.
The Queen, who is known to be a huge fan of the sport, appeared sitting on Balmoral Fern (black horse) at Windsor Home Park over the weekend, having been with the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, where she spent her 94th birthday on April 21 in lockdown while conducting official duties.
The 14-year-old fell pony Balmoral Fern had the queen ride graciously in the 655-acre Windsor Home Park clad on a headscarf featuring jockeys’ silks.
It will be recalled that Horse racing, of which the Queen is known to be a huge fan, restarted again on Sunday after being stopped during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Queen delivered her VE Day anniversary message to Britain from Windsor Castle last month, reminding the country to “Never give up, Never despair”.
The monarch turned 94 in April but the traditional royal gun salute to celebrate her birthday was canceled for the first time in 68 years while the military parade held annually in mid-June to mark the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday, was also canceled.
A royal source says, she felt it would be inappropriate due to the pandemic.
“Wartime generation would ‘admire’ Britain’s response to coronavirus”, the queen was quoted in televised address to mark VE Day.
Last month also, the queen gave a rare televised speech from Windsor Castle in which she likened the British public’s response to the pandemic to the efforts of British soldiers during World War II on the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
That followed another speech, in April, in which she called for unity in the face of the pandemic.