Royal Ascot: The Queen lost her favorite meeting for the first time in 68 years

Royal Ascot: The Queen lost her favorite meeting for the first time in 68 years
Niki J. Layton
Written by Niki J. Layton

The Equestrian Festival is one of the highlights of Britain’s social calendar and is a permanent fixture on the Emperor’s calendar.

Racing can go as expected, the global pandemic has blocked Ascot’s usual traditions.

Not Royal processionThere are no trophy presentations, and none of the sophistication and celebration are closely associated with the event.

“In these challenging times, we are once again delighted to welcome the best horses and jockeys from around the world and pay tribute to those who helped make this race meet possible.

“This year’s Ascot is very different because it is a very frequent opportunity for friends, families and colleagues to gather together and enjoy the hobby.

“However, with the courageous efforts of managers, owners, coaches and consistent staff, I’m sure this will be one of Britain’s finest sporting events and a highlight of the racing calendar.”

The convention usually attracts hundreds of thousands of interested spectators, but this year’s edition is limited to people who need race days.

The focus will be on an expanded schedule of world-class racing with 36 competitions over five days.

However, the total prize pot has been significantly reduced to 65 4.65 million – up from $ 9.11 million in 2019 – what Ascot Racecourse chief executive Guy Henderson has called “unprecedented times”.

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About the author

Niki J. Layton

Niki J. Layton

Niki J. Layton is a journalist who writes on politics, environment and human rights in South Asia.

For 15 years, she has written for several publications and websites including TIME, Harper's, Al Jazeera, The Caravan, The Hindu,, Outlook, The Wire, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Economic Times, Tehelka, and news channel CNN-IBN. She is an India correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore.

Some of the awards she has received are the Red Cross Award for reporting on conflict, Mumbai press award for environmental reporting, and ILO award for writing on labour. Niki has a Masters in political journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York

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