Check out this video of HH Sheikh Mohammed being granted the privilege of guest of honor as he rode with the Queen in her carriage to the races on 18 June 2009.
Also in the carriage, are the queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Andrew, the Grand old Duke of York.
The commentary about colors, hats, broaches and Irish guards convey something of the pageantry of such a day.
The third day of the festivity is traditionally when the Gold Cup (Group 1 Flat Horse Race over 2 miles and 4 furlongs) is raced, which is Britain’s most prestigious event for ‘stayers’.
Sheikh Mohammed’s personal web site added these details:
“The festival was attended by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Finance Minister Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mohammed Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, other royals, dignitaries, senior officials and a large gathering of racing enthusiasts.”
HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Sheikh Mohammed’s wife, was in the second carriage, along with the Princess Royal, the Earl of Huntingdon and Mr. John Warren.
Sheikh Mohammed, owner of the Godolphin Stable, had three horses entered in the Gold Cup: Eastern Anthem, Veracity and Sagara. Although none of his horses got over the line first in the Gold Cup, Flying Cloud, his horse ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Dr Geoff Pound
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