Queen Elizabeth II departed Kentucky today after a six-day...

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Queen Elizabeth II departed Kentucky today after a six-day tour of area horse farms, but the bombing of Conservative Party headquarters in England 'cast a shadow' over the visit, a spokesman said.

The queen smiled and waved to about 200 applauding onlookers as she entered her Royal Air Force VC-10 that would take her to Sheridan, Wyo.


After thanking host William S. Farish III and his wife, the queen briefly chatted with airport manager Jim Brough.

'She said, 'We had a lovely time. I got to do the things I really enjoy',' Brough said.

Michael Shea, the queen's press secretary, said the bombing had 'cast a shadow over the end of her trip to Kentucky. But the queen has had a very, very enjoyable time here, a very successful trip.'

Shea said the queen sent a message of 'deep concern' to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and extended her sympathy to the injured and the families of those killed.

'There is no question of the queen changing her schedule,' Shea said. 'We in Britain are not deflected by acts of terrorism.'

Shea earlier said it would be a logical assumption that security measures would be increased for the queen in the wake of the bombing.


The queen will spend the weekend at a ranch near Sheridan, Wyo., as the guest of Lady Porchester, wife of the queen's racing manager, Lord Porchester. Lady Porchester's brother is Sen. Malcolm Wallop, R-Wyo.

A crowd of 12,666 gave the queen a standing ovation Thursday at Keeneland track as she presented a trophy to Seth Hancock, co-owner of Sintra, the winning filly in the first running of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.

The queen acknowledged the applause with a smile and a wave, which caused another burst of applause.

She presented Hancock with a 1-foot-high, silver Georgian-style trophy she commissioned and paid for. Its price was not disclosed.

Hancock had met the queen when she visited Claiborne Farm Wednesday looking for stallions to mate with broodmares in the royal stables.

He said that first meeting 'broke the ice.'

'I wasn't nervous,' Hancock said. 'She's a really fine lady and I knew there was nothing to be nervous about.'

The queen also presented silver cups to the winning jockey, Keith Allen, and the horse's trainer.

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