The Queen described her trips to the famous racecourse with her family as among her “most cherished” memories.
Even the most extravagant hats couldn’t shield against the rain as downpours hit the opening day of Royal Ascot .
Bookies Ladbrokes announced they were paying out on it being the wettest Ascot in history following torrential rain on day one of the five-day race meeting.
Punters in their finery ran for cover and opened their umbrellas as staff handed out free ponchos.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “We saw enough rain to realise we’re in for a washout so settled up early.” But, miraculously, there was a break in the showers when The Queen arrived by carriage at 2pm, brightening up the day in a mustard yellow Stewart Parvin coat and matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
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Read more: Royal Ascot 2016 tips, odds and advice ahead of the second day's races She was joined by Prince Philip, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew in her carriage as other members of her family including Charles and Camilla followed behind.Read more: It's a washout for the event as raincoats and umbrellas cover up the fashion Famous faces in the crowds included Liz Hurley and Lisa Snowdon.In the wake of recent attacks security was stepped up as Ascot this year with armed police and explosives sniffer dogs on site.She said: “I have been deeply touched by the kind birthday wishes I have received this year and to have this milestone commemorated in the title of Royal Ascot ’s centrepiece race, The Gold Cup.“Of my many memories, visits to Royal Ascot with my family are amongst the most cherished.” The Queen first attended Ascot when she was 19 and is a passionate horse owner.One of her horses, Dartmouth, will be running in the Hardwicke Stakes on Thursday.