Queen arrives at Royal Ascot for final day
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Four women dressed as catering staff chained and glued themselves to railings on the final day of Royal Ascot on Saturday afternoon. The environmental activists also erected a ‘Racing to Extinction’ banner near the finish line before being escorted off the racecourse by security staff.
The demonstration took place as Queen’s horses Tactical and Light Refrain prepared to run in the Jersey Stakes.
Campaigners caused havoc as the Queen, 95, made her maiden appearance at Royal Ascot 2021, and one her first public engagements since the death of her husband of 73-years in April.
The stunt has since prompted a furious reaction from a number of Express.co.uk readers, who let their opinions known in the comments section of an earlier story.
A number of readers condemned the timing of the protest and pointed out the Queen would still be coming to terms with her loss.
One reader wrote: “What horrible people, the Queen is still grieving, what sort of low lives are these.”
A second added: “Disgraceful! Our Queen has just lost her husband!
“They are nothing more than another left wing organisation!”
A third commented: “Good grief! How much more do they think this 95 year old can take? But they don’t think, do they?”
Meanwhile, a fourth said “Wish these muppets were extinct themselves.”
In a statement, Extinction Rebellion urged the Queen to “use her influence to tackle the climate and ecological emergency”.
The group added the protest was also a tribute to suffragette, Emily Davison, who died attempting to attach a flag to the King’s horse during the Epsom Derby in 1913.
Extinction Rebellion said: “On Saturday June 19th, the final day of Royal Ascot, four women from Extinction Rebellion entered the racecourse with a banner reading ‘Racing to extinction’.
“They glued themselves to their banner and chained themselves to the fence before the Queen, requesting that she use her influence to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
“The action pays tribute to the suffragette, Emily Davison, who died attempting to attach a flag to the King’s horse during the Epsom Derby in 1913.
“Like Emily, the protestors say they want to urge those with connections and influence to drive positive change.”
The Queen, who missed the first four days of Royal Ascot, arrived at the racecourse at 2pm to the delight of racegoers.
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The Monarch was not seen in the royal box during the day and opted to watch the races privately.
The Queen had a number of runners on the final day and was seen closely inspecting the horses in the Parade Ring.
Reach For The Moon, the first of those running in her colours of purple and gold, finished a close second during the Chesham Stakes race at 2.30pm.
The Queen also narrowly missed out on a winner in the Wokingham Stakes race at 5pm, as her gelding King’s Lynn came third.
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