The Queen Was Quite Jolly About Her Horse Winning The Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup

The queen’s horse Estimate won the Royal Ascot’s signature race, the first time in history that a reigning monarch has won.

1. Queen Elizabeth’s horse Estimate won the Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot races Thursday, marking the first time in the race’s 207-year history that the prestigious award has been won by a reigning monarch.

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2. The Royal Family went a little crazy as they watched the race…

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4. Especially when it became clear that the queen’s horse was going to win.

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6. Her Majesty was visibly ecstatic as she watched the race.

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10. After the race finished, Queen Elizabeth made her way to the winner’s circle, where she was scheduled to present the cup to the victor before she won the award herself.

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11. “This her passion and her life and she’s here every year and she strives to have winners,” said the queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips.

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12. “To win the big one at Royal Ascot means so much to her. Everyone is just thrilled, it’s very close to her heart and today is very special.”

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13. “It’s great to ride any winner for the Queen but to do it in the Gold Cup is very special,” said Estimate jockey Ryan Moore.

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14. Since she obviously couldn’t present the trophy to herself, the queen’s son Prince Andrew awarded his mother with the Gold Cup.

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15. Her Majesty was very pleased with the trophy.

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16. Very, very pleased.

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17. Watch the queen’s adorable reaction to Estimate’s victory. She gets a little teary.

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