LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -Queen Elizabeth II kept a low profile Sunday as she wrapped up a largely private visit to the Blue Grass state after attending her first Kentucky Derby.

No public appearances were scheduled Sunday before her departure for Washington, where she and her husband, Prince Philip, are to attend a state dinner Monday evening at the White House, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said. They were expected to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington sometime Sunday evening.

On Saturday, the queen attended the 133rd Kentucky Derby, her first visit to Churchill Downs. She and Prince Philip spent the race at a private suite where they had a finish-line vantage point on a balcony to watch Street Sense pull away with the win.

The monarch, an avid horse enthusiast, did not place any bets, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity.

The royal couple spent the night at an undisclosed central Kentucky location. On previous visits to the horse-breeding country of Kentucky the queen and has stayed at Lane’s End Farm, owned by former British ambassador Will Farish.

The queen began her six-day trip to the United States in Virginia, where she addressed the General Assembly and visited the Jamestown Settlement, which is observing the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

The royal couple are expected to leave for London on Tuesday.


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