Queen Elizabeth's Horse Wins Gold Cup

06/20/2013 at 07:30 PM EDT

Queen Elizabeth's Horse Estimate Wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth accepts her trophy
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Nope, Queen Elizabeth is not horsing around.

Her horse, named Estimate, reigned supreme at Thursday's Royal Ascot Gold Cup, taking home the top prize. It was the first time a reigning monarch's horse won in the race's 207-year history, reports the BBC. (And obviously it was a major deal – just check out the Queen's reaction!)

"This is her passion and her life, and she's here every year and she strives to have winners," her grandson Peter Phillips (son of Princess Anne) tells the local Channel 4. "To win the big one at Royal Ascot means so much to her. Everyone is just thrilled. It's very close to her heart and today is very special."

Of course the Queen, 87, has more to smile about than the 4-year-old filly, who's trained by Michael Stoute: The royal family is ready to expand with the upcoming addition of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's first child.



The Queen was presented her trophy by her second son, Andrew, the Duke of York.

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Queen Elizabeth and her horse, Estimate

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