To celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, racegoers at Epsom Downs Racecourse honoured racing’s biggest fan with a special crowd choreographed mosaic earlier today.
Arranged fittingly in the front of Epsom Downs Racecourse’s ‘Queen’s Stand,’ 150 enthusiastic racegoers joined together to wish Her Majesty a happy birthday on the eve of her 90th birthday.
The final image featured the Royal Silks with purple body, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, and black velvet cap with gold fringe, which have been worn to victory so many times on the track, along with the hashtag #HM90 in celebration of the special occasion.
Simon Durrant, General Manager at Epsom Downs racecourse said, “Racing is incredibly lucky to have Her Majesty as one of its greatest fans and it seemed fitting that Epsom Downs, as a course that has been honoured to have played host to Her Majesty many times throughout her reign, should be the scene of this special birthday message. We are delighted so many people from the local community came to help us create this message to Her Majesty and we look forward to welcoming her to the Investec Derby again in June.”
Libby Britten of Great British Racing said, “This was a real community effort with people from all walks of life participating in the special mosaic. Racing and royalty are part of the fabric of Epsom’s history and it was brilliant to see so many people want to be involved in a birthday message to Her Majesty.”
Also today, Epsom Downs Racecourse announced that Her Majesty will be presenting the Investec Derby Trophy to the winning connections at this year’s event, Saturday 4 June. This will be the first time in Her Majesty’s reign, and throughout her long-standing association with Epsom Downs Racecourse, that she has presented the Derby trophy. As well as this, the racecourse announced a racename change and change to the running order, to mark The Monarch’s 90th birthday and a number of local choirs will line the course to welcome The Queen with the National Anthem on Investec Derby Day.
As part of racing’s celebrations of Her Majesty’s birthday a special exhibition, will also be touring courses throughout the summer, charting the Queen’s involvement in racing throughout her life.