Queen Elizabeth II Remembered by British Gambling Industry
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 this week, the gambling industry has been quick to pay tribute to Britain’s longest serving monarch.
When her death was announced, a number of UK gambling organizations published tributes. Queen Elizabeth II was known for her love of horseracing and in this way, she was very close to the British sports betting industry.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) released a statement recalling The Queen’s relationship with the sport and her roles as a patron of The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Breeders Association. She was also the figurehead of the Royal Ascot racecourse.
The BHA extends our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and all those affected by this sad news. Racing owes an incalculable debt of gratitude, not only for Her Majesty’s dedication and commitment to the sport, but for her public advocacy of it, something that doubtless has driven the sport’s popularity and attracted a great number of fans. There will be many who work in racing who have enjoyed relationships with Her Majesty through the training and breeding of her horses and will be grieving. Our thoughts are with them, and of course the sympathies of all associated with racing are with Her Majesty The Queen’s family, on this sad day.
The BHA also suspended all races due to take place on September 9 out of respect for The Queen.
The Arena Racing Company (ARC) issued a similar statement. ARC chairman David Thorpe expressed “deep gratitude” for The Queen’s “unwavering support for, and appreciation of, British racing over many decades.”
William Hill released a short statement reading, “We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Elizabeth II, our longest reigning monarch, has been an important and steadfast figurehead during times of massive change.”