Moment jockey Frankie Dettori breaks Royal protocol by giving Camilla a kiss as he's swept up in joy of Gold Cup win | The Sun

THIS is the moment jockey Frankie Dettori broke Royal protocol by giving Queen Camilla a kiss after winning his final-ever Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

The world's most famous jockey, 52, was overcome with joy while meeting Camilla and King Charles.

It came after he bagged his ninth big one aboard 15-2 Courage Mon Ami in a pulsating battle with Coltrane.

Dettori kissed the camera, fans, friends and family on the walk back to the winner's enclosure and performed his customary flying dismount.

And he didn’t stop when he reached the royals.

Video shows the emotional jockey being congratulated by pair – before he planted a peck on Queen Camilla's cheek in a break from royal protocol.


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It is against royal rules to initiate touching with a member of the royal family and contact may only be made when the royal offers it – luckily there is no punishment for this offence though.

The usual greeting to royals is a neck bow from men whilst women do a small curtsy.

But Dettori is no stranger to the royals – as he rode horses for the late Queen for 30 years.

This year is the first out of his nine wins where he has not been presented the Ascot Gold Cup by the late Queen.

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Dettori's heroics came after King Charles and Camilla celebrated their first Ascot winner with 18-1 Desert Hero.

Zara Tindall, the late Queen's granddaughter who was at the Berkshire track, said: "Think how proud our grandmother, the Queen, would've been.

"To have a winner for Charles and Camilla and keep that dream alive was incredible.

"It's a new excitement. Like all those owners that come here and have a horse here having that dream, that hope and then fulfilling it is incredible.

"The horses are the main game here, that's why we get involved and love them and the competition, the adrenaline… it's indescribable!"

It was fitting The King's first Ascot triumph came ten years to the day since his late mother The Queen had her biggest ever win.

The King's victory cost the bookies a reported £1million as the public rushed to back the horse, trained by William Haggas.

The late Elizabeth II landed the Gold Cup with Estimate in 2013.

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