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‘Glam up for gee-gees’ the call as racefans play Royal Ascot at home

The Queen and the crowds will not be there for the first time but people are urged to dress up as if the virus did not existAfter “clap for carers” comes “glam-up for gee-gees”. There will be no aristocrats and only a tightly controlled handful of comm…

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David Squires on … everything kicking off at Sandringham FC

Our cartoonist checks in on the deal involving wantaway big names in the January windowTake a look through David’s archive of cartoonsBuy a copy of this cartoon from our print shop Continue reading…

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Road safety tips from Half Man Half Biscuit | Letters

Liverpool FC | Public sector workers | Royal parks | Keeping 2 Chevrons Apart | Thatcher’s panda phobiaAs a lifelong Stockport County supporter, I’d have more sympathy with Southampton fans bemoaning another player leaving for Liverpool (Letters, 29 De…

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Are you ready for your Royal Ascot procession close-up, your majesty?

A TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day was one of several ideas kicked around at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show this week’s action

How about putting a TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day at Royal Ascot? You hadn’t thought of that? Well, it was one of several ideas kicked around by imaginative producers at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show the action, a broadening of coverage that may have lasting significance for this event.

A fresh perspective is always useful but it seems the monarch is not quite ready for her close-up. NBC’s Rob Hyland told the New York Times this week there had been “no response” from Ascot to his suggested innovation but in all other respects the new relationship has got off to an excellent start.

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Racing news and tips: Plans to stop Queen being a Royal Ascot non-runner

• Concern that Queen could miss a first Royal Ascot afternoon since 1953
• State opening of parliament may interfere with her Ascot attendance

Racegoers at Royal Ascot next week can look forward to the Queen being in attendance as usual, despite speculation on Monday that she might be forced to miss at least one of the first four days of the meeting if the state opening of parliament is postponed from Monday to later in the week.

The Queen has been an enthusiastic owner and breeder throughout her long reign and the royal meeting at Ascot in June is said to be the first engagement that goes into her diary each year. Officials at Ascot believe she has not missed a single day’s racing at the meetings since her coronation in June 1953.

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Man dressed as jockey breaches security on day Queen attends Newbury races

• Stag party attendee got through security and into parade ring
• Her Majesty was celebrating her 91st birthday at the racecourse

A member of the public dressed as a jockey had to be escorted from the paddock at Newbury on Friday, where the Queen was in attendance.

The man, believed to be on a stag party trip, was spotted by the racecourse’s chief executive, Julian Thick, before the first race and led out of the ring.

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Queen praises Paralympic athletes’ ‘magnificent performance’ at Rio

Team achieved greatest gold medal tally since 1988 and success reflects athletes’ ‘talent and commitment’, says monarch

The Queen has praised Britain’s Paralympic athletes, describing their achievements as a “magnificent performance” in a message sent to the sportsmen and women.

The ParalympicsGB team won 64 golds at the Rio Games, the most by a British team since 1988, and147 medals in total.

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Queen praises Paralympic athletes’ ‘magnificent performance’ at Rio

Team achieved greatest gold medal tally since 1988 and success reflects athletes’ ‘talent and commitment’, says monarch

The Queen has praised Britain’s Paralympic athletes, describing their achievements as a “magnificent performance” in a message sent to the sportsmen and women.

The ParalympicsGB team won 64 golds at the Rio Games, the most by a British team since 1988, and147 medals in total.

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Dartmouth right on course for King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

• Queen’s racing manager reports colt ready for Ascot test
• Monarch last won Saturday’s prestigious race in 1954

Anticipation will mix with keen expectation in a crowd of around 30,000 spectators here on Saturday as Dartmouth carries the royal colours to post before the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a race named after his owner’s parents. Except, it seems, in the Royal Box itself, where the buildup to Britain’s most prestigious all-aged race will be marked by anticipation alone.

Related: Dartmouth entry for Queen in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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Dartmouth wins dramatic Hardwicke Stakes for the Queen at Royal Ascot

• Royal victor has to survive a stewards’ inquiry
• Jockey on runner-up loses whip at crucial stage

“It’s all going rather well!” So spake the Queen, we are told, at about halfway in the Hardwicke Stakes, when her purple and red colours were being carried in a prominent position by the smooth-travelling Dartmouth. But the monarch was about to be put through the wringer in a way that any long-suffering punter would instantly recognise.

First there was the sustained battle up the home straight with the Irish raider Highland Reel, who made it fairly clear that he did not want to go past his rival but might do it anyway out of sheer talent. Dartmouth prevailed by a head, sparking joyous scenes in the Royal Box which were cut short almost immediately by that unwelcome sound, the bingly-bong of a stewards’ inquiry.

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Racing in 2014: 10 memorable moments

Greg Wood looks back at the most impressive winners, high-profile losers and major events in racing this year
• Robert Kitson on rugby union • Paul Wilson on football
• William Fotheringham on cycling • Ewan Murray on golf
• Kevin Mitchell on tennis • Sean Ingle on athletics

The Head family has been bound up with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for three generations since William Head saddled the winner in 1947, and they have been associated, as either trainer or jockey, with 10 successes in all. This, though, was surely their finest moment. For much of the year, Treve, the brilliant winner of the 2013 Arc, had seemed to be a diminishing shadow of her three-year-old self, but Criquette Head-Maarek never lost faith and coaxed the filly back to her best to become the first dual winner for 36 years. Her “Papa”, Alec Head, bred Treve at the family stud. “I am in a dream, in a dream,” he said afterwards. “I have trained several Arc winners, but Treve is the best of them.”

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The Queens Estimate disqualified from Gold Cup in morphine case

Mare had run second in this years Royal Ascot feature race Trainer not fined as test resulted from contaminated feed Monarchs horse tests postive in shock for British racing British Horseracing Authority reveal seven horses involved Continue reading…

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Melbourne trip in doubt for gutsy Doncaster Cup winner Estimate

Longchamp and Ascot alternative dates for the Queens runner John Warren believes mare will be retired after this season Continue reading…

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Queen photobombs Hockeyroo Jayde Taylors Commonwealth Games selfie

Australian hockey player shares selfie taken in Glasgow The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #sheevensmiled Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games opening ceremony: the best and worst bits

What grabbed the attention… and what just made you grab the remote during the performance in Glasgow? Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games 2014: saltires, sport and Rod Stewart in opening show

When it came to ambition and the warmth of its welcome, Glasgow was determined to show it would not be outdone Continue reading…

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Royal horse’s failed drug test unlikely to have long-term ramifications

News that Gold Cup winner tested positive for morphine is an embarrassment for Queen but nothing more serious than that Continue reading…

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Royal horse’s failed drug test unlikely to have long-term ramifications

News that Gold Cup winner tested positive for morphine is an embarrassment for Queen but nothing more serious than that Continue reading…

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The Queen’s Gold Cup winner Estimate tests positive for morphine

Buckingham Palace release statement on monarch’s mare Contaminated feed believed to be reason behind shock news Continue reading…

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The Queen starts Commonwealth Games baton relay at Buckingham Palace – video

The Queen officially brings the Commonwealth Games baton relay to a start on Wednesday in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace