Her Majesty Queen Camilla has become a patron of a west Suffolk museum, following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law. 

Queen Camilla has accepted an invitation to become patron of the National Horseracing Museum in Palace Street, Newmarket. 

The late Queen Elizabeth II, a keen race-goer herself, was a known supporter of the museum. 

The Hon Frances Stanley, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees, said: “Queen Elizabeth II opened the National Horseracing Museum in November 2016 and was a wonderful supporter during her reign, visiting Newmarket on multiple occasions.  

"It is with absolute delight that the National Horseracing Museum received this latest news from Buckingham Palace. 

"HM The Queen, being a talented horsewoman, has shown great enthusiasm for equestrian sports over many years.

East Anglian Daily Times: Newmarket's Horseracing MuseumNewmarket's Horseracing Museum (Image: Newsquest)

"We have had the honour of welcoming her to the museum, most recently in June 2023."

Their Majesties also recently announced that they will share patronage of The Jockey Club, formerly represented by the late Queen as Royal Patron for 68 years.

The Jockey Club is responsible for 15 of Britain’s best-known racecourses and also runs The National Stud in Newmarket and the charity Racing Welfare.

This latest announcement was made to mark the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation.  

To celebrate, the official tourism service Discover Newmarket has launched a new Royal Yard Tour which visits Clarehaven Stables, where His Majesty King Charles and Her Majesty Queen Camilla have horses in training.

This tour, with Royal trainers John and Thady Gosden, will cost £145 per person and take place on Monday, July 22. 

The National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket is a five-acre site that tells the story of horseracing with art, sculptures, artefacts and famous racing trophies. 

A ticket costs £15 for over-16s and children go free.