Queen Consort Camilla is set to take the late Queen’s reins as the royal family’s figurehead of horse racing.

Senior sources say she’s ideal for the role because she loves the sport and the move is being discussed in senior racing circles.

A racing insider said: “I think now it will be Camilla – she will be the figurehead.

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“The plan has always been that Charles and Camilla would take on the legacy.

“Camilla obviously adores horses and is hugely passionate about racing.

“She really loves it, particularly Cheltenham – the jumps. I think there’s a pretty clear plan, given the Queen’s passion and love for racehorses.”

King Charles and his wife Camilla are committed to ensuring the continued success of Royal Ascot in Berkshire.

The King inherits about 24 racehorses and some 80 brood mares from his late mother’s stable.

Owners and breeders have already expressed interest in acquiring some of the Queen’s horses if they become available.

A formal review of the Royal Stud, thoroughbreds and breeding horses is expected to be ordered by the King within weeks.

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Charles was a keen amateur jockey in the 1980s but his involvement has been nominal and he’s not been as enthusiastic about the sport as Camilla.

He will inherit the Sandringham stud, plus the Sovereign’s racing colours – purple body with gold braid, scarlet sleeves and black velvet cap with gold trim.

His mother had recently urged him to take a greater interest in her hobby.

John Warren, the late Queen’s racing manager, has said the King’s interest in the sport has been a “slow burn”.

Before Charles’ accession to the throne, Mr Warren said: “Prince Charles has always followed it, but it has been his mother’s interest so it has been at arm’s length.

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“He owns a few horses himself, in particular with the Duchess of Cornwall. She is absolutely besotted by racing.”

The Queen’s stable produced 1,600 winners, including a victory in four of the five British Classic races.

She was a regular at Royal Ascot each June, where she enjoyed victory with the likes of Phantom Gold in 1995 and a famous Gold Cup triumph with Estimate in 2013.

Her Majesty’s distinctive purple and red colours were celebrated at this year’s Derby meet, with 40 jockeys gathering to form a guard of honour for the royal party in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Mr Warren once said: “If the Queen were not the Queen, she would have made a wonderful trainer.”


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