Newmarket honours the Queen's dedication to thoroughbreds
The Queen's lifelong dedication to thoroughbreds has been celebrated as she unveiled a statue of herself in a town famed for its horseracing links.
The monarch also officially opened the £15m National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art during her visit to Newmarket, Suffolk.
The bronze statue at the Newmarket Racecourse entrance was a gift from the town in the year of her 90th birthday.
It shows the Queen with a mare and a foal.
The piece was created by Etienne Millner, who sculpted the Queen, and Charlie Langton, who was responsible for the animals.
The Queen, dressed in pink, arrived in Newmarket by helicopter at 11:00 GMT.
After cutting the ribbon to unveil the statue, she was driven to the town centre, where she was greeted by schoolchildren singing the national anthem and waving Union flags.
She was shown around the grounds of the heritage centre, where horses, including two of her former racehorses Barbers Shop and Quadrille, are kept.
The Queen fed a carrot to one horse before being taken into the trainers' house where she was shown a racehorse simulator.
Peter Jensen, the heritage centre's director and chairman of the Home of Horseracing Trust, said it was a "great honour" to have the Queen officially open the venue.
"We are extremely proud of what has been created over many years and the new home for the horseracing museum," he said.