Back To Ascot: Large Windsor Contingent On Hand For Royal Ascot Day One

  June 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm by

A large number of royal Windsors were on hand for the opening day of the 2017 Royal Ascot meet at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth – in lime green Stewart Parvin – was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and Lord Vestey in the first carriage of the royal procession on to the course ahead of the afternoon’s races. The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the two York Princesses – Beatrice and Eugenie – made up carriage two; while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex were in carriage three. Bringing up the rear in carriage four were Peter and Autumn Phillips, joined by the Lord and Lady Fellowes.

Also in the Royal Enclosure were the Princess Royal, Zara and Mike Tindall, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Windsor and her partner Tom Kingston, the Earl and Countess of Snowdon, and Michael and Carole Middleton.

The Countess of Wessex – who colour-matched her mother-in-law in a grass green frock from Emilia Wickstead – almost took a tumble from her carriage as she and Prince William tried to change seating positions. Sophie stumbled over, leaving the Duchess of Cambridge – in another white lace dress, this time from Alexander McQueen – to steady her back upright.

Her Majesty led the Royal Family and all Day One’s racegoers in a minute’s silence in honour of the victims of recent tragedies in the UK from the Parade Ring after the family arrived.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were tasked later in the afternoon with presenting the trophy for the King’s Stand Stakes, which was won by John Velaquez riding Lady Aurelia. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall presented the trophy for the St James’s Palace Stakes, which went to Barney Roy from the Godolphin stables, owned by the Emir of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was joined by his wife Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan for the day’s races, and in the winner’s circle, bringing with them a surprise, their daughter Sheikha Al Jalila. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum joined his father and stepmother.

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