Damian Lewis Shares His Winning Horse-Betting Advice from Queen Elizabeth: 'She Gave Me a Tip'

Damian Lewis Shares His Winning Horse-Betting Advice from Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth and Damian Lewis
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03/08/2016 AT 04:20 PM EST

Queen Elizabeth loves her horses. And even if she doesn't bet on them herself, she's not shy about passing along a tip or two.

The Queen, 89, who owns a couple dozen race horses, is thought not to take a bet on her annual trips to horse race meetings such as Royal Ascot every June.

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But on Tuesday, former Homeland star Damian Lewis revealed that during one meeting with the 89-year-old monarch, she imparted some wisdom when he asked her advice.

"I asked for the Grand National [horse race], and she said, 'No, no, no, that's miles away – you need tips for Royal Ascot first,' " said the star, who attended the Prince's Trust charity event with Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday. (Lewis and his wife, actress Helen McCrory, are ambassadors for the charity.)

"She gave me a tip for Royal Ascot and it came with a royal seal,' " he added.

The Homeland star could not remember the name of the horse but joked about the amount they won: "It was enough for a weekly shop."

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