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‘End of an era’ for the Queen at Royal Ascot

THE QUEEN is set to signal ‘the end of an era’ by breaking a decades-old tradition at Royal Ascot, according to reports.

The Daily Mail says Her Majesty, 96, will not lead the famous royal procession which begins the daily race at Royal Ascot next month.

Instead, plans were made for her to be driven the short distance from Windsor Castle to Berkshire Racecourse by car.

The Queen first attended Royal Ascot in an open car in 1946, to mark the return to normal life after the end of World War II.

Since then, she only managed to do it twice – when she was pregnant – until the pandemic took hold in 2020.

A source told the Mail: “It’s the end of an era.

“Carriages are no longer possible for Her Majesty.

“It’s not the journey that’s the problem, it’s the steep steps needed to get in and out of the pram.

“The Queen is very hopeful of going to Royal Ascot, every day if possible. She will, however, be arriving by car.”

A pram is the name of the luxury four-wheeled car in which distinguished guests arrive at the June festival.


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