Her Royal Highness first attended the Epsom Derby in 1946 for her 20th birthday, accompanying her father King George VI. After over seven extraordinary decades, Her Majesty has only missed 2 Epsom Derbies, making this association a strong one.
Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love and commitment to equestrian, being an accomplished rider since a young age, as well as the close involvement that herself and the rest of the Royal Family have in British horse-racing. Despite not winning the Derby yet, the Queen has often had runners in the top races, including the Derby, the greatest flat race in the world. Find out more about The Queen and her Derby entrants here.
The Queen delights racegoers each year, both with her presence and stunning outfits. HM The Queen will always stand out as one of the best dressed festival attendees, fitting right in within her own Stand. The Queen tends to keep true to fashion with her summery looks, matched with pearls and tight curls in her hair. See some of her most iconic Derby Day outfits here:
You’ll notice that the Queen, much like her status, goes bold and powerful, wearing prominent and striking colours.
The Queen has also seized the opportunity to wear pastels, which are a lovely alternative to block colours.
If you’re looking to master the Epsom Derby dress code, take HRH as your inspiration, especially when visiting the Queen’s Stand at the iconic Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey.
Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Investec Derby Festival, previously scheduled Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June has been re-scheduled for Saturday 4 July. The one-day event, which will see the running of two Group One races: Investec Oaks and Investec Derby, will take place behind closed doors. At the time of publishing, we're pleased to advise that HRH Queen Elizabeth II has 5 horses registered for the Derby race.
Register your interest for the 2021 edition of the Investec Derby Festival:
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