Royal journalist and author Phil Dampier tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box,' that the Queen has "won about £7m" at Ascot over the years. Her Majesty, 93, has long been an owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses, winning her first race at Ascot in 1953. Dampier added: "In the old days she used to go out riding on the course, before the meeting on a horse." CNN royal commentator Victoria Arbiter says: "Some of my favourite vintage footage on YouTube is the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and the Queen at the races, you can’t take your eyes off it, it’s hilarious to see their humanity."
“You go back a couple of generations and it was literally like waxworks coming out, it was very stiff and there wasn’t much hands-on parenting at all.”