QUEEN ELIZABETH II admitted she was “pouring with tears” after her horse came fourth at the Epsom Derby, but blamed it on the binoculars and not the emotion, newly-resurfaced footage reveals.
For generation after generation, the Royal Family has shared a profound passion for horses. Queen Elizabeth II is the patron of many organisations focused on horses, including the British Horse Society, the Fell Pony Society and the Highland Pony Society. She has even celebrated her love for the animals by dedicating life-size statues to two of her horses in Windsor.
One of the two mares represented in the majestic artwork, created by sculptor Robert Rattray and unveiled by the monarch herself in 2014, is Windsor Grey horse Storm.
It was one of the four horses which took part in the carriage procession at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding.
Into her reign, Elizabeth has also developed a a keen interest in the breeding of thoroughbreds for horse racing.
It is believed Her Majesty has earned a staggering £7.7million in winnings from her horses over the last 31 years.
Queen Elizabeth admitted she was “pouring with tears” at Epsom Derby (Image: GETTY)
For generation after generation, the Royal Family has shared a profound passion for horses (Image: GETTY)
Her enthusiasm and competitiveness can be seen every time she attends either Royal Ascot or the Epsom Derby.
1992 BBC documentary “Elizabeth R” shows footage of the Queen cheering on her mare with the Queen Mother in the royal box at Epsom.
After her horse – Enharmonic – came fourth in the 1991 race, the Queen could be seen wiping tears off her face and telling her mother: “You know, I haven’t watched from a pair of binoculars for ages.”
Pointing towards her face, she said “look at it” before adding: “Pouring with tears!”
She then noted: “I always watch it on the television.”
Queen Elizabeth at Royal Ascot (Image: GETTY)
The Queen can be seen wiping tears off her face (Image: BBC)
The Queen mother laughed and commented: “Oh dear. It is the emotion.”
The monarch immediately rebutted: “No mummy!
“It is looking with the wind like that.”
Despite her winning record, the Queen has famously never won at Epsom.