Ascot Day 3: Her Majesty was resplendent in a fuchsia coat and hat, showing no signs of fatigue after a busy two days that saw her attend the State Opening of Parliament

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Her husband Prince Philip is recovering at home after being discharged from hospital, but the Queen is determined to stick rigorously to her schedule.

The monarch attended Royal Ascot, one of her favourite events of the year, without her husband for the second day running with Prince Andrew stepping up to accompany her in the traditional carriage procession.

Zara Tindall wore her hair in a simple updo and sported a delicate pink hat
Zara Tindall wore her hair in a simple updo and sported a delicate pink hat
Zara Tindall took a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge's book and opted for a summery white frock
Zara Tindall took a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge’s book and opted for a summery white frock
Zara Tindall strides out of the Parade Ring with her husband Mike
Zara Tindall strides out of the Parade Ring with her husband Mike

Her Majesty was resplendent in a fuchsia coat and hat, showing no signs of fatigue after a busy two days that saw her attend the State Opening of Parliament yesterday, before nipping back to Windsor to host a lunch and make it to Ascot in time for the first race.

Today, she was back again to present the prestigious Gold Cup, won by Big Orange who held off a late charge by defending champion Order of St George to win a thrilling edition of the feature race.

The winner’s jockey James Doyle took the plaudits for a superb ride, but his heart went out to Italian star Frankie Dettori, who should have been riding him but for an injured arm that ruled him out of the meeting.

Zara Tindall looked smart in a cream button down dress with a ruffle at the bust
Zara Tindall looked smart in a cream button down dress with a ruffle at the bust
Zara Tindall kept it summery in a white dress nipped in at the waist and a bespoke rose pink cocktail hat by London milliner Juliette Botterill
Zara Tindall kept it summery in a white dress nipped in at the waist and a bespoke rose pink cocktail hat by London milliner Juliette Botterill
Zara Tindall kept her look neutral from head to toe
Zara Tindall kept her look neutral from head to toe

Despite the absence of her husband, the lifelong racing fan looked to be in her element, and beamed happily as she presented a prize to James Doyle.

Also in attendance this afternoon were her granddaughter’s Beatrice and Eugenie who were equally fresh-faced after attending last night’s V&A summer party.

Beatrice sported a blue dress and wore her hair in a braid beneath her black and white picture hat by milliner Nerida Fraiman, while her sister looked striking in fiery red.

Zara Tindall chats to fellow racegoers as they wait the arrival of her grandmother the Queen
Zara Tindall chats to fellow racegoers as they wait the arrival of her grandmother the Queen
while Princess Eugenie strikes a coquettish pose
while Princess Eugenie strikes a coquettish pose
There can be no doubt that the Queen is in her element at Royal Ascot, which she's attended every year since 1952
There can be no doubt that the Queen is in her element at Royal Ascot, which she’s attended every year since 1952

The Queen, who is a life-long horse breeder has a runner – Maths Prize – in the Britannia Stakes, which could give the monarch her 24th Royal Ascot winner.

But the royals were no doubt disappointed to be enjoying the afternoon without the Duke of Edinburgh who left hospital this morning after being treated for an infection which forced him to miss the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot.

The York girls were looking fresh-faced after their night at the V&A summer party
The York girls were looking fresh-faced after their night at the V&A summer party
The Queen's hat featured a pretty tulip adornment and she teamed the ensemble with her trusty white gloves
The Queen’s hat featured a pretty tulip adornment and she teamed the ensemble with her trusty white gloves
The Queen, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Princess Beatrice are seen entering the Parade Ring ahead of the Gold Cup
The Queen, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Princess Beatrice are seen entering the Parade Ring ahead of the Gold Cup

The 96-year-old spent the last two nights King Edward VII’s Hospital in London after suffering from an infection triggered by a ‘pre-existing condition’.

The Duke, who was admitted on the advice of a doctor, left from the rear of the private hospital just before 10am today and was driven away.

The setback – which came amid a schedule of engagements that would challenge a man half his age – forced the Duke to miss the State Opening of Parliament and some of Royal Ascot.

The Queen was showing no signs of fatigue after a hectic day which saw her preside over the State Opening of Parliament before dashing back for Ascot
The Queen was showing no signs of fatigue after a hectic day which saw her preside over the State Opening of Parliament before dashing back for Ascot
The Queen was joined in the parade ring by racing advisor John Warren and her daughter Princess Anne
The Queen was joined in the parade ring by racing advisor John Warren and her daughter Princess Anne
The Queen was joined in the carriage procession at Ascot by her son Prince Andrew, while her husband the Duke of Edinburgh continues to recover from an infection
The Queen was joined in the carriage procession at Ascot by her son Prince Andrew, while her husband the Duke of Edinburgh continues to recover from an infection
The Queen presents an award to winning jockey James Doyle who stood in for injured Frankie Dettori
The Queen presents an award to winning jockey James Doyle who stood in for injured Frankie Dettori
The Queen looks delighted as she holds the trophy to be presented to the owner of the Gold Cup's winning horse, Big Orange
The Queen looks delighted as she holds the trophy to be presented to the owner of the Gold Cup’s winning horse, Big Orange
The Queen is accompanied by Prince Andrew as they leave Windsor Castle in a convoy
The Queen is accompanied by Prince Andrew as they leave Windsor Castle in a convoy

Source:DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE 

Tags: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, Ascot Day 3, Ascot Day, Royal Ascot Day, British Royals

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