As is tradition, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, including Kate Middleton, were at Royal Ascot Day in 2019 – and Mike Tindall had a strange surprise for the Queen
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It’s almost that time of year when the royals don their best dresses, suits and hats and all enjoy a day at the races.
Royal Ascot returns on Tuesday and there is no doubt that we various members of the company will have a great day in all their finery.
It’s unclear if the Queen will be able to attend any of the days of this year’s event – but in the past it’s been the place to enjoy her favorite sport and have a laugh with her family.
And one family member who made her giggle at Royal Ascot in 2019 was Mike Tindall – when he had a strange surprise.
Mike, who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara, looked very elegant on the first day of the event and took off his hat as he greeted Her Majesty
But then he surprised everyone by pulling something out of it – a tiny top hat, which he then slipped back into his big hat before putting it on his head.
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Footage of the prank not only shows the Queen escaping, but also Princess Beatrice and Sophie Wessex standing by.
And it led to royal fans asking where Mike got his tiny top hat. Luckily it was all later explained by the Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey.
He told her: “It’s a chocolate hat I’m taking home for my daughter Mia.
“I got it at lunch but it’s really annoying to keep in a bag so I decided to put it in my top hat instead.”
However, it is unknown if Mike will have another chance to crack the queen this year as there is a question mark over whether she will attend or take part in the traditional carriage procession of the meet.
The monarch usually attends the horse races each day and takes part in a procession at the beginning of each day by riding in a horse-drawn Landau carriage.
Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Up until the Covid pandemic, she has taken to the racecourse in a carriage for almost every year of her reign.
But due to their apparent discomfort with traveling in horse-drawn carriages, the Daily Mail reports that she will be arriving at this year’s Royal Ascot by car instead.
A source told Richard Eden of the publication: “It’s the end of an era. Carriages are no longer possible for Her Majesty.
“The problem is not the handling, but the steep steps that are necessary to get in and out of the Landau.
“The Queen very much hopes to be able to attend Royal Ascot, every day if possible. However, she will arrive by car.”
In recent months, mobility issues have forced the Queen to withdraw from several high-profile events, including the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s on her Jubilee weekend and the State Opening of Parliament.
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