Princess Anne leads royals at Epsom Derby as Queen watches from home

The Princess Royal was cheered as she arrived at the historic racecourse

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The Princess Royal has arrived for Epsom Derby Day with her family, while the Queen watches the horse racing from home.

The monarch did not attend the major sporting event on Saturday, opting to view it on television from Windsor Castle, where she has been sent a souvenir race card to follow the action.

Anne, alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, arrived at the sold-out racecourse in Surrey just before 1pm as part of a procession, which included her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, who was with her husband, former rugby player Mike.

Crowds cheered and waved union flags as they made their way in to the course, with Anne seen smiling.

The Princess Royal
The Princess Royal
Zara Tindall (left) and Mike Tindall on Derby Day during the Cazoo Derby Festival 2022 at Epsom Racecourse, Surrey
Zara Tindall (left) and Mike Tindall on Derby Day during the Cazoo Derby Festival 2022 at Epsom Racecourse, Surrey

Jubilee celebrations took place in the Queen’s absence, with 40 jockeys who have ridden for the owner-breeder donning the royal racing silks and forming a guard of honour before the national anthem was sung.

Five of the monarch’s former racehorses were also paraded, and a selection of hats inspired by the seven decades of her reign have been displayed.

The Princess Royal could be seen laughing, waving and thanking crowds at Epsom Derby Day.

Anne appeared in the royal box while the national anthem was played by a band.

Crowds cheered and waved at the princess, who was grinning and chatting with her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Anne then waved and laughed, while thanking those around her for making her welcome.