Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan get the bubbly flowing at Royal Ascot… but it’s mostly rain flowing for the regular punters outside

0
136


SUSANNA Reid and Piers Morgan today got the bubbly flowing at Royal Ascot – while regular punters braved the rain outside.

Glamorous celebs were safely tucked away in their VIP boxes as they cheered on the horses during the downpour that left thousands of average spectators scurrying for their umbrellas.

Piers Morgan poses with Joan Collins and Susanna Reid for the races
Piers Morgan poses with Joan Collins and Susanna Reid for the races
Instagram
GMB host Piers Morgan reacts to one of the races
GMB host Piers Morgan reacts to one of the races
James Whatling

 

Women wear plastic ponchos to keep their dresses dry
Women wear plastic ponchos to keep their dresses dry
AP:Associated Press

Punters try and keep dry as they brave the rain at Royal Ascot
Paul Edwards – The Sun

Punters try and keep dry as they brave the rain at Royal Ascot[/caption]

The race course is covered in mist from the rain
The race course is covered in mist from the rain
Reuters

Women, who had donned spectacular hats and elaborate fascinators for the highlight of the Royal calendar, desperately tried to save their dresses from the rain with plastic ponchos while men were seen striding through the rain this afternoon.

Celebs including Liam Payne, Helen Flanagan and Debbie McGee pulled out all the stops in the fashion stakes, while Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan posed cheerfully with fellow presenter Susanna Reid and Joan Collins.

But all didn’t seem to be going too well for GMB presenter Piers, who appeared red faced as his horse thundered down the track.

Jason Manford also made an appearance, along with TV presenters Francesca Cumani and Charlotte Hawkins.

And Emmerdale star Angela Griffin could be seen cheering on her horse as the second day of the annual event unfolded this afternoon.

The Queen joined the posh crowds this afternoon, undoubtedly hoping one of her two horses might win in the races today.

The 93-year-old has two horses – Elector, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and Seniority, trained by William Haggas – racing in the prestigious five-day event.

Actress Helen Flanagan poses in a crisp white suit
Actress Helen Flanagan poses in a crisp white suit
PA:Press Association
TV presenters Francesca Cumani and Charlotte Hawkins pose for photos
TV presenters Francesca Cumani and Charlotte Hawkins pose for photos
Rex Features
Isabell Kristensen looks glamorous for the races this afternoon
Isabell Kristensen looks glamorous for the races this afternoon
PA:Press Association
Liam Payne tips his hat as he poses for photos
Liam Payne tips his hat as he poses for photos
Getty – Contributor
The members of the band'The Tootsie Rollers' attend day two of Royal Ascot
The members of the band ‘The Tootsie Rollers’ attend day two of Royal Ascot
Getty – Contributor
The Queen keeps away the rain with a matching blue umbrella
The Queen keeps away the rain with a matching blue umbrella
AP:Associated Press
The Queen sits by Camilla as she arrives for the big day
The Queen sits by Camilla as she arrives for the big day
Splash News
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary at Ascot
Rex Features
Rachel Oates, from Hampshire, donned an impressive blue and yellow fascinator for day two of the Royal Ascot
Rachel Oates, from Hampshire, donned an impressive blue and yellow fascinator for day two of the Royal Ascot
PA:Press Association
Two women smile as they walk into the races together
Two women smile as they walk into the races together
Splash News
Jason Manford watches the races excitedly
Jason Manford watches the races excitedly
©Max Mumby
Piers Brosnan poses with fellow stars in the ITV box, including Stephen Mulhern, Charlotte Hawkins and Jason Mansford
Piers Morgan poses with fellow stars in the ITV box, including Stephen Mulhern,<br />Charlotte Hawkins and Jason Mansford
The presenter fist pumps the air during the race
The presenter fist pumps the air during the race
©Max Mumby
Susanna Reid grins as she shows off her pink hat
Susanna Reid grins as she shows off her pink hat
Model Amber Le Bon joins the star-studded crowd
Model Amber Le Bon joins the star-studded crowd
Getty – Contributor
Actress Angela Griffin cheers on her horse
Actress Angela Griffin cheers on her horse
Jasonpix
The actress couldn't hide her excitement as the horses thundered down the race course
The actress couldn’t hide her excitement as the horses thundered down the race course
Jasonpix
Darcey Bussell (left) presents jockey Frankie Dettori with the trophy for winning the Queen Mary Stake
Darcey Bussell (left) presents jockey Frankie Dettori with the trophy for winning the Queen Mary Stake
PA:Press Association
Racegoers shelter from the rain with their umbrellas
Racegoers shelter from the rain with their umbrellas
AP:Associated Press
Women desperately seek shelter from the rain
Women desperately seek shelter from the rain
Paul Edwards – The Sun
While celebs enjoyed the show in their VIP boxes, regular punters were outside in the rain
While celebs enjoyed the show in their VIP boxes, regular punters were outside in the rain
Paul Edwards – The Sun
A woman loses her heel in the wet grass
A woman loses her heel in the wet grass
Andrew Parsons
Two friends laugh as they try to avoid the rain
Two friends laugh as they try to avoid the rain
Andrew Parsons
Two women race through the rain under an umbrella
Two women race through the rain under an umbrella
Andrew Parsons
The second day of the races was plagued by a heavy downpour
The second day of the races was plagued by a heavy downpour
PA:Press Association
Horses race down the wet race course today
Horses race down the wet race course today
Reuters
A woman holds up her cash as she watches the races
A woman holds up her cash as she watches the races
AP:Associated Press
Racegoers don't let the rain stop them from watching excitedly
Racegoers don’t let the rain stop them from watching excitedly
AP:Associated Press
Umbrellas were at the ready for the race today
Umbrellas were at the ready for the race today
Reuters
The summer event was hit with rain today
The summer event was hit with rain today
AFP or licensors
Men in tails walk through the rain
Men in tails walk through the rain
Paul Edwards – The Sun

She yesterday spent the first day of the famous meet with her family but will surely be keen to watch the races this afternoon.

Her first Royal Ascot victory was in the Royal Hunt Cup won by her horse Choir Boy in 1953, while her last was three years ago when Dartmouth triumphed in the Hardwicke Stakes – the monarch’s 23rd winner at the event.

Thoroughbreds are the Queen’s great passion, and she is probably never happier when working with John Warren, her bloodstock and racing adviser.

Her love of all things equine began as a little girl, and she went on to breed her own horses and enjoys the thrill of seeing them race.

She is a respected figure in the racing world and her horses have won four out of the five flat racing classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – with only the Derby eluding her.

The Queen made sporting history in 2013 when she became the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup.

And she has attended every day of the meeting for the past 64 years and the last time she missed a moment of the event being her own coronation in 1953.

She is even said to read the Racing Post every morning.

HEIR WE GO: The Queen's horses racing at Royal Ascot 2019

THE QUEEN is a keen racegoer and will attend Royal Ascot every day of the royal meeting (Tuesday – Saturday). She often seems at her happiest while at the races, and will no doubt be keeping an eye on her own horses as they try and romp to victory.

Her horses going for gold this year include:

  • Elector, trained by Sir Michael Stoute (running Wednesday)
  • Seniority, trained by William Haggas (Wednesday)
  • Eightsome Reel, trained by Michael Bell (Thursday)
  • Magnetic Charm, trained by William Haggas (Friday)
  • Sextant, trained by Sir Michael Stoute (Friday)

Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall were yesterday pictured roaring with laughter as they headed to the first day of the Royal Ascot.

And she was told to pay attention by Camilla at St George’s Chapel in Windsor yesterday.

It comes just a few weeks after fans became convinced Prince Harry told Meghan Markle to “turn around” during Trooping the Colour on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

HATS OFF

Punters typically bet on the colour the Queen’s hat, as bookies from William Hill falsely backed the colour pink – her Majesty arrived wearing pale blue.

And leading bookmaker Coral now makes it just evens (cut from 3-1) that the Queen wears a pink hat on Day Two of Royal Ascot as punters get their bets on for a second day running.

Yesterday Coral customers were cheering after the Queen wore blue, which had been backed into favourite.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “It was joy for punters yesterday as they correctly predicted that the Queen would wear blue and they are back for more today. This time everybody is convinced it’ll be pink and we’ve been forced to slash the odds to just evens as the bets mount up.”


Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Procession arrived at 2pm sharp before racing each day, half an hour prior to the first race.

The carriages leave Windsor Castle earlier in the afternoon and enter the racecourse through the golden gates before they pass the thousands of well-wishers in front of the grandstand.

The procession is a timeless tradition unique to Royal Ascot which dates all the way back to 1825.

The Queen smiles as she arrives in a carriage for the Royal Ascot
The Queen smiles as she arrives in a carriage for the Royal Ascot
PA:Press Association
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was wreathed in smiles on anniversary
Rex Features
Retired ballerina Darcey Bussell smiles for photos
Retired ballerina Darcey Bussell smiles for photos
PA:Press Association
Brit jockey Victoria Pendleton stuns in a blue and white dress with matching fascinator
Brit jockey Victoria Pendleton stuns in a blue and white dress with matching fascinator
Splash News
Model Natalia Kapchuk poses in a Brexit-themed fascinator
Model Natalia Kapchuk poses in a Brexit-themed fascinator
Rex Features
Men also made sure to dress to impress for today's event
Men also made sure to dress to impress for today’s event
PA:Press Association
Jennifer Wrynne, from Ireland, stuns in a spring outfit
Jennifer Wrynne, from Ireland, stuns in a spring outfit
PA:Press Association
A young woman gives the peace sign as she arrives for Ascot
A young woman gives the peace sign as she arrives for Ascot
Splash News
A woman in a huge blue hat poses for a photo
A woman in a huge blue hat poses for a photo as she and a friend arrive for the races today
AFP or licensors
Two women snap photos of their hats
Two women snap photos of their hats
AP:Associated Press
A woman beams in her eye-catching hat
A woman beams in her eye-catching hat
Rex Features
Katia Graham, left, and Polina Olemskaia arrive on the second day of the annual Royal Ascot
Katia Graham, left, and Polina Olemskaia arrive on the second day of the annual Royal Ascot
AP:Associated Press
One racegoer wore a rainbow fascinator for today's event
One racegoer wore a rainbow fascinator for today’s event
PA:Press Association
She paired the fascinator with a white suit
One racegoer paired her futuristic fascinator with a white suit
Rex Features
A woman in red poses for a photo with her impressive hat
A woman in red poses for a photo with her impressive hat
Rex Features
Fashion forward hats are making a statement at the races
Fashion forward hats are making a statement at the races
PA:Press Association
Mrs Shane Horn, from Ascot, is ready for British weather as she poses with an umbrella
Mrs Shane Horn, from Ascot, is ready for British weather as she poses with an umbrella
PA:Press Association
One racegoer chose to go with a bright pink creation
One racegoer chose to go with a bright pink creation
PA:Press Association
The event is a highlight in the Royal calendar
The event is a highlight in the Royal calendar
PA:Press Association
A woman chats on the phone as she arrives at the event, which has strict security
A woman chats on the phone as she arrives at the event, which has strict security
Reuters
Today marks the second day of five for the races
Today marks the second day of five for the races
PA:Press Association
The Ascot has a strict dress code for those attending
The Ascot has a strict dress code for those attending
PA:Press Association
A racegoer sits by his car ready for the races
A racegoer sits by his car ready for the races
PA:Press Association
Women take the opportunity to make a statement with their fashion during the five day event
Women take the opportunity to make a statement with their fashion during the five day event
PA:Press Association
Debbie McGee was among the posh crowds
Debbie McGee was among the posh crowds
PA:Press Association
Chinese actress Yuxi Zhang stuns in a white hat
Chinese actress Yuxi Zhang stuns in a white hat
Splash News
A well-dressed race goer sits in a chair as he waits for the event to start
A well-dressed race goer sits in a chair as he waits for the event to start
PA:Press Association
Racegoers arriving on horse and cart for the big day
Racegoers arriving on horse and cart for the big day
PA:Press Association
Women don yellow in a bright splash of colour
Women don yellow in a bright splash of colour
PA:Press Association
A couple arrive dressed to the ninesA couple arrive dressed to the nines
A couple arrive dressed to the nines
PA:Press Association

 

Three men walk along the grass in full formal attire
Three men walk along the grass in full formal attire
PA:Press Association

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.


LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here