King Charles III and Queen Camilla visited the Doncaster Racecourse, to watch their horse, Desert Hero, compete in the St Leger Stakes during the Betfred St Leger Festival on September 16th. This was a rare occasion to see the King at a Racing event outside of Royal Ascot or the Epsom Derby.
King Charles and Queen Camilla watched their horse, Desert Hero, place third in the St Leger Stakes. 70 years ago, in the year of her own Coronation, the late Queen visited Doncaster to see her horse, Aureole, finish 3rd as well.
The King and Queen were joined by their friend, the Countess of Halifax, who had also joined them at Royal Ascot a few months ago. The Queen and the Countess are former sisters-in-law as both were previously married to the Parker-Bowles brothers.
The King and Queen have been spending the last few weeks as Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where, last week, they marked the first anniversary of the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II, with a Service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral.
King Charles inspected the Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and met members of the public as he arrived at Balmoral Castle, to take up residence for the Royal Family’s annual Summer Holiday
The King and Queen marked the first anniversary of the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle, which marks a busy first year of the King’s Reign that began with the Queen’s Funeral, followed by Remembrance Sunday, the South African State Visit, the Diplomatic Reception, Christmas at Sandringham, the Commonwealth Day Service, State Visit to Germany, Easter at Windsor Castle, the Coronation and Coronation Concert, Trooping the Colour, the Order of the Garter Service, Royal Ascot, and the Coronation Service at St Giles’ Cathedral.