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