Her Majesty The Queen has been inducted into the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame – the official Hall of Fame for British flat racing.
The Queen becomes the first entry into the Hall of Fame within the Special Contributor category, having been chosen by an independent panel of industry experts in recognition of her unwavering commitment and longstanding patronage of the sport.
The Queen’s influence on British Flat racing goes much further than owning and breeding horses. There are several races run around the world in The Queen's name, underlining the global influence that she has had on horseracing and how this has benefitted the sport worldwide, whilst also recognising her passion for horses.
A genuine racing enthusiast, demonstrated through her eight decades of involvement within the sport, as well as being a successful owner and breeder, The Queen is globally recognised for her love of racing.
John Warren, Bloodstock and Racing Advisor to The Queen, said:
“I suspect that The Queen will have a lot of inner pride in being invited into the Hall of Fame. The Queen’s contribution to racing and breeding derives from a lifelong commitment. Her love of horses and their welfare comes with a deep understanding of what is required to breed, rear, train and ride a thoroughbred.
“Her Majesty’s fascination is unwavering, and her pleasure derives from all of her horses - always accepting the outcome of their ability so gracefully.”
The Queen’s famous purple, gold braid and scarlet colours have recorded more than 1,800 winners since her first victory with Monaveen over jumps at Fontwell Park in 1949. She has also twice become Champion Flat Owner in Great Britain (in 1954 and 1957).
In fact, The Queen has recorded more winners this season than she did in her 1957 season, showing the remarkable longevity of her owning and breeding operation. She plays a leading role in the breeding of her horses, which are foaled at The Royal Stud in Sandringham, and possesses knowledge of the bloodlines involved in each one.
In 2022, The Queen will become the first Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, and The Derby at Epsom will form part of the official celebration of her historic 70-year reign.
In recognition of her induction into the Hall of Fame and to mark her achievement, The Queen will be presented with a specially commissioned medal, designed by Asprey and unique within British racing.