The Queen's Plate is a Canadian horse race first run 100 years ago in honor of Queen Victoria, who was not greatly amused at the time. Last week nobody at Toronto's Woodbine track watched with keener interest than Victoria's great-great-granddaughter
July 12, 1959

Queen Elizabeth, whose journey to Canada coincided with the 1959 running of Queen's Plate, gestures, peers, stares with knowing concentration as horses parade to the post at the elegant track. The Queen did not bet, but she studied special morocco-leather program learnedly, showed delight when 3-year-old New Providence, owned by her host, Woodbine President Edward Plunket Taylor (left, directly above), won race's centennial.

Royal Landau delivers the Queen and Prince Philip as 20,000 Canadians roar their warm acclaim. As rain slanted down, landau made circuit of the track—with Elizabeth dipping her umbrella in the stretch so that all present could see their monarch. Afterward she politicly observed Canadian racing is better than much she sees at home.