Queen Elizabeth Visits Kentucky For Second Time
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Elizabeth II, Queen of England and longtime racehorse owner, flew to the Bluegrass with her racing manager on Thursday for a private four-day tour of the area’s famed thoroughbred farms.
Gov. Martha Layne Collins and a contingent of public officials greeted the queen as she arrived at Blue Grass Field, Lexington’s airport. Dressed in an apricot two-piece suit, the queen tipped her hat to about 200 cheering spectators standing behind a fence.
″She said she was delighted to be back in Kentucky,″ the governor told reporters.
Security for the visit has been tight, with few of the events on her itinerary open to the public, but a British embassy spokesman said a fear of terrorism had not curtailed Queen Elizabeth’s schedule.
She owns six or seven mares in Kentucky, including Round Tower, and owns three stud farms in Britain where she keeps 22 mares and 27 foals and yearlings in training.
The queen typically leaves a mare in Kentucky for two years, and then takes the horse and offspring to England.
She has owned racehorses since 1952, and her horses have won 385 races, including all the classic races in Britain except for the Epsom Derby, and over $1.5 million in prize money.
Among the farms she is expected to visit are Hermitage Farm in Oldham County near Louisville and Ashford Stud, North Ridge and Mill Ridge farms in the Lexington-Versailles area.
She is accompanied by Lord and Lady Porchester. Lord Porchester is her racing mananager.
She will stay at Lane’s End Farm, owned by William and Sarah Farish, located about 10 miles west of Lexington in Woodford County.
The trip is the queen’s fifth outside of Britain in the past 18 months. She most recently traveled to Nepal, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
″She has an extremely active schedule traveling around the world,″ said British Embassy spokesman Andrew Burns, adding that recent acts of terrorism have not limited her visits.
″We have not curtailed activities and we have no intention of doing so,″ he said.
Her last official visit to the United States came from Feb. 26 to March 7, 1983, when she visited the West Coast with the Duke of Edinburgh. She previously visited Kentucky in 1984.