L’Ormarins Queens Plate

On 11 January 2014 we had the priviledge of enjoying a very successful 153rd  L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.


This prestigious race is steeped in tradition.  The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is the oldest horse racing event in South Africa and is one of international significance.  It was first raced in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria.  After her death, it became the King’s Plate during the reigns of Edward VII and George VI.  In 1953 Elizabeth II was crowned so it reverted to the Queen’s Plate.  The monarch retains a keen interest in the race.  Every year she is represented at the event by the British High Commissioner in South Africa, presently the Honourable Dr. Nicola Brewer.


The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate showcases and hosts courageous, determined champion racehorses.  To crown it all, with its blue and white colours it is the epitomy of elegance and beauty. 


Diarize next year’s event – 10 January 2015



Author: Bernhard Ernst


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