The time the Queen and Prince Philip attended the Kentucky Derby and fulfilled a lifelong dream: Royal Central

Queen Elizabeth II was a great supporter of horse racing and was one of the sport’s most prominent owners. So it is no surprise that the queen was often seen at a racetrack in her spare time.

Her Majesty became a regular sight at some of Britain’s best-known racecourses, such as Ascot and Epsom Downs, but the Queen was also known to visit further afield racecourses elsewhere in the world, including Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

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The South Louisville racing complex is best known for hosting America’s most famous horse race: the Kentucky Derby, which takes place every year on the first Saturday in May.

The late monarch’s visit to Churchill Downs was part of a week-long state visit to the US at the invitation of President Bush.

During their visit, the Queen and Prince Philip visited Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky.

Their couple’s trip to Kentucky was largely private, with their only public appearance at Churchill Downs, where racegoers were eager to catch a glimpse of the monarch who wore a lime green wool coat with a matching dress and hat.

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived about two hours before the race and received a round of applause from spectators as they entered a private suite at the finish post.

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It was widely reported in the press at the time that attending the Kentucky Derby was one of The Queen’s dreams, as it is one of the most prestigious international racing events on the calendar.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip aren’t the only royals to attend the Kentucky Derby. Princess Margaret was known to have been a visitor to the race meeting.

In 2007, the Kentucky-bred Street Sense won the race for trainer Carl Nafzger and jockey Calvin Borel.