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Staff and students at Newmarket’s National Stud welcomed a very special visitor as part of the stud’s centenary celebration. The Queen paid a private visit hosted by the Jockey Club, on Monday May 6. At the stud she was met by chairman Ben Sangster and managing director Brian O’Rourke, and planted a tree to mark 100 years since the stud’s inception. She also inspected all five of the stud’s stallions.
Then, at the Jockey Club Rooms, she unveiled a painting by artist, Paul Benney, of herself and her mare, Estimate, commissioned by the Jockey Club in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British horseracing over many years. It will hang in the Rooms while a second portrait was presented to The Queen as a gift from Jockey Club members to their patron.