The Queen Consort invites students from charity horse club to join her at Ascot

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The Queen Consort invited four students from a horse club charity to the Royal Box at Ascot this weekend, (19 November) to watch the November Racing Weekend event.

Camilla, Queen Consort, was joined by four members of the Ebony House Club in Brixton, at the famous Ascot Racecourse, and the students were asked to judge one of the contests on her behalf.

Photographs of the Queen Consort and some of the students were shared across official Royal social media channels and a caption explained that, “Ebony students were responsible for judging the ‘Best turned out’ of ‘The Coral Hurdle Race’ on behalf of Her Majesty.”

The Queen Consort then presented the trophies to the race winners wearing a deep green midi coat, with a brooch pinned to one shoulder.

The brooch gave a subtle nod to the event, as it was in the shape of a horseshoe; directly relating to the horses in the races as well as being a symbol said to bring luck.

The brooch also has a deeper historic connection, as it spells the name of King Edward VII's 1909 Derby winning horse Minoru in diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

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Her Majesty has been involved with the Ebony Horse Club charity since 2008, and has visited on a number of occasions over the years, including alongside The Queen.

Photographs of previous visits were posted on social media with the most recent snaps from the weekend’s racing.

The post also explained that Ebony Horse Club is “a charity and community riding centre in Brixton, where riding and horsemanship are used as tools to develop and improve key life skills." It was was founded in 1996 and today serves over “150 riders per week”.

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