The diamond jubilee weekend celebrations began today with the Queen’s visit to the Epsom Derby.
Her majesty was driven down the course and cheered for by a 130,000-strong race-going crowd, according to The Guardian.
There was much entertainment to be enjoyed by those present besides the racing:
- A parachute fall by the Red Devils.
- A performance of the national anthem by Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, accompanied by the band of Her Majesty’s Royal MarinesPortsmouth.
- And an act by Ashleigh Butler with her dog Pudsey, the winners of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Other royals joined the Queen at the Derby, including:
- Prince Andrew, The Duke of York
- The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
- Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
- Princess Beatrice
- Princess Eugenie
Anthony Cane, the Epsom Downs racecourse chairman, told media: “At the end of the day, her love [the Queen's] is to come here. You have to remember, she comes here in a normal year in a private capacity, not on an official visit. But she comes because she loves it, and this time it’s her one trip to Surrey in the diamond jubilee.”
The Queen arrives at the Derby:
Coronation gun salute rings out around London: