Sad news for the Queen as she faces new disappointment in Jubilee year

There's been more sad news for the Queen after a tough couple of years

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The Queen is facing disappointment following the news that her high hopes to win the Epsom Derby this year have been dashed, with her horse being forced to withdraw. 

With Reach For The Moon no longer being able to race in the event, the Queen, who famously adores horses, has lost out on the chance of winning the coveted victory in her Jubilee year, an achievement she was reportedly hoping to secure at long last. 

Her Majesty's horse trainer John Gosden explained, "Following a setback last autumn, Reach For The Moon has been given all the time and care he requires in his training program.

"Consequently, he will not run in the Derby and will be pointed towards Royal Ascot," John added as he shared the news of Reach For The Moon's injuries, explaining that the race is "too soon" for the Queen's special horse. 

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This sad news for the Queen follows a trying period for Her Majesty, who recently marked the one-year anniversary of her husband's death and had reportedly hoped to have a more joyous year to mark 70 years on the throne. 

As well as having to cope with the heartbreaking loss of Prince Philip over the past year, the monarch has also contended with the pressure of the world having their eyes on the disgraced Prince Andrew, amid Virginia Giuffre's sexual assault allegations against him, that he has continuously denied. 

In January, the Queen announced that she had stripped her son of his royal titles and patronages.

Along with Prince Andrew's scandals and the tension between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the Royal Family, the Queen has had a string of bad luck when it comes to her beloved animals.

The royal matriarch also suffered the death of her new dorgi puppy, Fergus, and endured the loss of five of her ponies at Balmoral Castle, after they fell ill with grass sickness.

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Speaking out on how sad the loss was for the Queen and The Firm, Princess Anne told the OnFarm podcast that it was a "devastating" experience. 

"Yes. More so recently at Balmoral where they’ve had quite a lot of losses sadly," The Princess Royal said when asked if she had encountered equine grass sickness. 

"Particularly when you’re breeding Highland Ponies and you lose two really nice colts in one go. That’s a pretty devastating impact, as well as the fact that they are working ponies, it’s important to keep those gene pools relevant."

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.