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King Charles will have to follow in footsteps of mother but won’t be happy

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King Charles will attending every day of Royal Ascot in spite of his lack of enthusiasm for the sport his mother Queen Elizabeth loved so much. It is hoped his presence will improve attendance overall, with Queen Camilla by his side as she is the other registered owner of the Queen’s beloved racing horses.

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In spite of his lack of interest, the King owns Ascot and it is traditional for the royals to have a prominent presence at the event, although Ephraim Hardcastle wrote in the Daily Mail that he will not be “looking forward to it”.

The King began the process of downsizing the Royal Stud at Sandringham upon ascending the throne, as well as making Camilla co-owner of the horses, the first time a Queen Consort has ever been made a co-owner.

Following the Queen’s death last September ownership of all her horses was transferred to Charles, with Charles and Camilla also owning a number of horses in partnership before he became King.

Camilla also co-owns a number of horses with former Arsenal football club chairman Sir Chips Keswick.

Last year Charles earned more than £1million selling 14 of the Queen’s racehorses.

The sales ranged from £300,000 for Just Fine, the horse that won the first Royal Silks for Charles just after he became King, to £4,000 for three-year-old colt Tack.

Jimmy George, spokesman for the royal stables, said at the time: “It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Every year they would sell horses.

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“The Queen had brood mares of her own, she would breed them and sell them. You can’t keep them all.”

Her Majesty was a lover of horses and racing from childhood and was a horse racer and breeder for 60 years.

Despite the King’s selling of some of the animals the royal connection with horse racing will continue, according to Mr George.

He added: “Every year owners sell stock. His Majesty is just doing what owners do.”

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Camilla is now seen as the most prominent royal in continuing the Queen’s racing legacy given the Queen Consort’s love for the sport.

Last June Charles and Camilla lead the Royal Procession at Ascot while the Queen watched all the action from home.

They were joined by Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Zara and Mike Tindall and Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

It is thought the Queen’s health issues prevented her from attending the event just a few months before her death.

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