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Queen unveils Jockey Club portrait

The Queen has unveiled a new portrait of herself during a private visit to the Jockey Club Rooms.

The Queen, patron of the club and a passionate thoroughbred owner and breeder, beamed as she saw the painting that also depicts her mare Estimate that won the Ascot Gold Cup.

The artwork by artist Paul Benney was commissioned by the Jockey Club in recognition of the Queen's outstanding contribution to British horse racing over many years.

It will hang in the Rooms in Newmarket, where the unveiling took place, as part of its extensive art collection.

Founded in 1750, the Jockey Club is governed by Royal Charter to act for the long-term good of British horseracing.

It owns and runs many of British racing's most notable assets including the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National Festival and The Derby Festival, and reinvests all profits back into Britain's second-biggest spectator sport.

The visit took place on Monday and the pictures and details of the trip were only released today.

Before the unveiling the Queen travelled to the National Stud, also in Newmarket, to mark its centenary year.

It offers a range of services to the thoroughbred breeding and racing industries from its stallion and boarding operations to its education courses to train the next generation of stud and racing stable managers - who met the Queen during her visit.

During her tour the monarch also planted a tree to mark 100 years since the stud's inception and inspected all five of the stud's stallions.

Roger Weatherby, senior steward of the Jockey Club who hosted the visit, said:"We were honoured and delighted to welcome Her Majesty the Queen to the National Stud and the Jockey Club Rooms.

"She is a wonderful advocate for our sport and continues to make a tremendous contribution as our patron and a leading racehorse breeder and owner."

The Queen was also joined by her racing adviser John Warren who said: "Her Majesty was delighted to visit both the National Stud and the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.

"In doing so the Queen saw the wonderful new stallion Toronado, unveiled the splendid portrait and met many members of the Jockey Club."

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