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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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