Political turmoil could mean Queen's Speech clashes with Ascot
The Conservative party's failure to secure a majority in the House Of Commons in last week's general election was undoubtedly bad news for prime minister Theresa May – but the Queen could also suffer the consequences of a hung parliament, with the political uncertainty meaning the date of the Queen's Speech could be pushed back to clash with Royal Ascot.
The Queen's Speech – in which the government sets out its legislative agenda – had been due to take place on Monday, June 19, one day before the start of Royal Ascot's five-day fixture, but it has been reported the event has been delayed to allow the Conservatives more time to reach an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party, whose support they need for their minority government.
However, Royal Ascot is one of the first dates inked into the Queen's diary, and Betway make it long odds-on that matters of parliament will have to wait for the conclusion of Royal Ascot, offering just 2-5 that the speech will take place during the week commencing June 26. It is 7-4 for the event to be held the week of Royal Ascot.
Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “We go 2-5 for Her Majesty’s speech to be put back to 26 June at the earliest, the week after Ascot, and 7-4 that she risks missing a day’s racing by addressing Parliament one day next week.
“Monday 19 looks unlikely according to reports, so she may have to miss one of the meeting’s five days to set out the government’s agenda.”
A long-term owner and breeder, the Queen has enjoyed notable success at Royal Ascot in recent seasons with Dartmouth, who landed the Hardwicke Stakes last year and is 5-1 to follow up, and Estimate, who won the Gold Cup in 2013 having won the Queen's Vase the previous year.