THE QUEEN has arrived at Royal Ascot for the third day of racing, and will be hoping for a winner from one of her own horses.
The Queen has arrived at Royal Ascot (Image: itv)
Her Majesty was in good spirits as she rode through the Berkshire course in her horse-drawn carriage ahead of the Gold Cup. The Queen was joined by Princess Anne, the Duke of York and Sir Tim Laurence in the first carriage of the procession.Princess Eugenie was joined by James Fellowes and the Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough in the second carriage in today’s procession.The third carriage carried Zara and Mike Tindall and Peter and Autumn Philips.
The Queen has arrived with Princess Anne (Image: ITV)
The horse racing at the quintessential British royal event began at 2:30pm today with the last race to take place just after 5:30pm.
The monarch will be gunning for her horse Eightsome Reel in the Hampton Court Stakes, after watching her two horses Elector and Seniority take to the field on Wednesday.
The Queen, who is the owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses, enjoyed the action earlier this week when she was joined by her close family.
Prince William and Kate, Zara and Mike Tindall and Princess Beatrice and Eugenie were among the Queen’s guests on Tuesday.
The British monarch attends the event every year and arrives at 2pm each day accompanied by various members of the Royal Family.
Bookies were forced to stop the betting on what colour hat the Queen will wear on day three of Royal Ascot.
The Queen is said to enjoy the horse races the most out of all royal engagements (Image: ITV)
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “There’s always plenty of interest from a betting perspective in what colour the Queen will wear. But the sheer volume of bets we’ve taken on Grey or Silver for Day Three has left us with no choice but to pull the market down.”
The summer event was heavily hit by rain on day two.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was seen under an umbrella as she rode in the Queen’s carriage along with Prince Charles.
But the hardy monarch refused to take cover until she had arrived in the paddock so royal fans could catch a glimpse of her.
The five-day festival, held at Ascot Racecourse, is one of the most important weeks in the British racing calendar, featuring eight Group One contests.
The races will come to a close on Saturday June 22.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK