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Beaming Queen in royal blue ditches her walking stick for Champions Day at Ascot | Royal | News

The Monarch attended the prestigious racecourse in Berkshire for the QIPCO British Champions Day. The Queen appeared to have ditched the walking stick she used to attend after attending a service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, alongside Princess Anne. 

Her Majesty also wore a pair of black gloves and wore mid-height heels ahead of the event, considered one of the “most prestigious events in the British sporting calendar”.

It comes after Her Majesty, 95, made a rare public intervention on the climate change crisis during a visit to the Welsh Parliament.

She told Presiding Officer Elin Jones that she was ”’irritated” by people who “talk but don’t do” when tackling the climate change crisis. 

The Queen’s remarks emerged in clips of a conversation filmed on a smart phone during a reception following the opening of the Welsh Senedd on Thursday.

It is rare for the Queen’s thoughts on a political topic to be made public and her comment was made during an unguarded moment.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said the Queen‘s view is not “controversial” and echoes the frustration of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, while royal historian Hugo Vickers said her comments would have been supported by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Ms Junor added of the Queen’s comments: “I think what she’s said is really not controversial at all, it’s what most people are thinking.

“Charles has been banging his head against a brick wall on this for years, William is out there banging his head and I think it’s absolutely fair enough that she should say what she feels.”

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Meanwhile, Royal historian Hugo Vickers said her comments would have been supported by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Ahead of the award ceremony for his environmental Earthshot Prize this weekend, Prince William told the BBC “we can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action”.

Mr Vickers said the Queen was not “venting frustration” but purely making a point: “The Queen doesn’t intervene on these things, she usually makes straight forward, and if you think about it, common sense remarks.

“I don’t consider it to be a deeply controversial thing and it’s not an intervention. After nearly 70 years on the throne she’s not going to suddenly break a tradition of a lifetime, which is to always be above politics.

“It’s a fair point to say she likes people to get on with things, something I think would have been much supported by Prince Philip as well.”

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