Queen arrives for the second day of Royal Ascot with Prince Charles and Camilla
THE Queen has arrived for the second day of her favourite sporting event of the year, Royal Ascot, with her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
The 92-year-old monarch looked radiant in pastel blue teamed with a matching hat, which was adorned with bright pink blooms, as thousands of racegoers ready for a flutter gathered in the sunshine in Berkshire.
The Queen rode in the traditional procession to her royal box alongside her cousin, Princess Margaret.
Close behind was her first son and future king, Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla, 70, looked elegant in a green coat dress teamed with a white hat.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, also joined in the family for a royal day out at the races.
She looked lovely in a teal blue and black dress as she smiled from the royal box.
The Queen looked on fine form at her favourite sporting event in the royal calendar – an event she hasn’t missed since she took to the throne in 1952.
Prince Charles will present the winning prizes in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes this afternoon.
While Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, will step in for Prince William to present the Duke of Cambridge stakes, which will take place this afternoon.
It comes as his wife, Kate enjoys quality time off from royal duties with their newborn, Prince Louis, on maternity leave.
The traditional betting on the colour of the Queen’s hat had seen blue become the runaway favourite with many bookmakers.
So when the Queen arrived at the head of the carriage procession wearing a powder-blue outfit, the bookies were left paying out for the second day running after she wore a heavily backed yellow hat on Tuesday.
The Stewart Parvin ensemble included an A-line coat, a floral silk dress in shades of pink, powder blue and taupe with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “It’s left us feeling a little blue and perhaps the Queen will be looking to back Shades Of Blue or maybe even Come On Leicester in the first race if blue is to be the colour today at Ascot.”
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “That is two days in a row that we have had a hat horror show, in fact we have had to pay out on both blue and purple after a number of queries.”
The appearance comes just a day after Meghan Markle made her Royal Ascot debut alongside her new husband, Prince Harry.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK