Epsom Derby 2024: Pictures show Charles and Camilla spend the day at the races

-Credit: (Image: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)
-Credit: (Image: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)


The King and Queen will be hoping their thoroughbred horse will bring them sporting glory when it joins the runners in one of racing's prestigious events.

Charles and Camilla arrived at Epsom to see their horse Treasure race in The Oaks, a classic twice won by Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal couple were greeted by their racing adviser John Warren, who introduced them to senior executives from the racecourse before they made their way to the royal box.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the presentation for the Holland Cooper Coronation Cup on ladies day of The Betfred Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse. -Credit:John Walton/PA Wire
King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the presentation for the Holland Cooper Coronation Cup on ladies day of The Betfred Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse. -Credit:John Walton/PA Wire

Dunfermline in 1977 was the last horse to carry the royal colours to victory in a British classic, winning not only The Oaks but also the St Leger at Doncaster, in what was the late Queen's silver jubilee year.

Queen Elizabeth II landed five classics in all, with Carrozza her first Oaks winner in 1957, while Charles and Camilla enjoyed a memorable first flat racing season last year, with Desert Hero winning at Royal Ascot before finishing third in the St Leger. Treasure, owned by the King and Queen, was bred by Queen Elizabeth II, who was a passionate horse owner and racegoer during her 70-year reign.

King Charles III looking at the Holland Cooper Coronation Cup at the Derby Festival at Epsom racecourse in Surrey. -Credit:Aaron Chown?PA Wire
King Charles III looking at the Holland Cooper Coronation Cup at the Derby Festival at Epsom racecourse in Surrey. -Credit:Aaron Chown?PA Wire

The Betfred Derby Festival 2024 at Epsom Downs Racecourse will take place today (Friday 31 May) and Saturday 1 June. SurreyLive has put together a guide to any traffic and travel disruption that might affect your journey HERE.

The event is a world-renowned horse racing, therefore it can be anticipated that heavy traffic and congestion will impact surrounding areas. Southern Railways said they will be operating an amended timetable on 1 June with some trains not running. - see here.

Some routes will be shut altogether, like Walton Road south of the racecourse, and Ashley Road between Langley Vale Road and Downs Road.

Police have been given extra powers this weekend during the Epsom Derby, and will be able to remove anyone displaying antisocial behaviour during The Derby Stakes. see the full story here.