HM The Queen at Newbury
PUBLISHED: 15:53 02 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:20 20 February 2013
The Queen enjoys birthday weekend as flat season starts at Newbury racecourse
The Flat season of racing at Newbury Racecourse got off to a sensational start with a weekend of royal and celebrity appearances from HRH The Queen for her Birthday weekend, golfing world number one Rory McIlroy, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and Home Secretary Theresa May.
The Queen regularly attends this fixture and had four horses racing over the weekend, Sequence, Momentary, Border Legend and Sign Manual. She braved the rain on day two in the parade ring in a pea green coat to celebrate her 86th Birthday.
She was joined at the races by sporting couple, golfs top ranking player Rory McIlroy and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. Home Secretary, Theresa May enjoying a day at Newbury again this year, took a tour of the Air Ambulance, Ambulance and Fire Services that were in attendance for the Emergency Services Family Fun Day. This featured interactive displays and appearances from Fireman Sam and characters from City Of Friends throughout the day.
14,000 racing fans visited Newbury over the weekend, including 1,000 members of the ambulance, police, fire service and NHS who were given free tickets for a day at the races in honour of their work.
Newbury Racecourse Managing Director Racing and Events, Stephen Higgins said: We had a fantastic turn out of emergency services personnel and hopefully raised vital funds for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Service, which is such a valued resource for the horse racing industry and our wider community. This weekend kicked the flat season off to a great start.