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The Queen is in the pink as she enjoys a day at the races

June 6, 2008
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Even with dark clouds threatening overhead, the Queen brought a splash of brightness to Epsom racecourse on Saturday. The horse-loving monarch joined thousands of spectators at the track for this year's historic Derby Day.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the British royal was resplendent in a long cerise coat over a cheery floral frock. The outfit was finished off with a matching hat featuring feathers and a striking blue stripe.

The Queen watched the historic Derby – known as the world's greatest flat race – from the royal balcony, where she chatted happily to Prince Phillip and followed proceedings with the help of binoculars.

Also taking a keen interest in events was Princess Haya of Jordan, whose horse, New Approach, won Saturday's exciting race.

It was a dream come true for the pretty brunette, who was given the two-year-old Irish colt by her husband, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum of Dubai.

"It is such an amazing feeling," she said, "I can't believe it."

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Wearing a colourful cerise outfit, the Queen arrives at the Surrey racecourse to enjoy the fun of Derby DayPhoto: © Getty Images y
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The day ended happily for Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and his wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, who saw their horse take the historic title Photo: © Getty Images

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