(AP) — Queen Elizabeth II
smiled broadly as she attended the final day of the Ascot races on Saturday, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to press politicians
to act more quickly on climate change
The 95-year-old queen, a racing fan and racehorse owner, has attended Ascot almost every year of her seven-decade reign, with the exception of last year, when the event was held without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic
, and her return came two months after the death
of her husband, Prince Philip
, at 99.
The queen arrived in a mint-green outfit and matching hat to cheer on four horses
she owns who were racing on Saturday, and she smiled broadly as she inspected one of her horses, Reach for the Moon, after it finished a close second.
The annual racing meeting west of London is a heady concoction of horses, extravagant headwear, fancy dress, champagne, and strawberries with cream.
Rebellion protesters unfurled a banner reading "Racing to Extinction" at the racecourse on Saturday, claiming four women
glued themselves to the banner and chained themselves to the fence in a protest intended to be seen by the queen, who was not present at the time.