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After her speech and a quick outfit change, The Queen arrives at Ascot in time for first race

The Queen has arrived at Royal Ascot just just in time for the first race of the day after spending the morning officially opening the United Kingdom’s Parliament.

The 91-year-old Monarch delivered her speech at this morning’s State Opening of Parliament with was a dressed down affair.

Dressed in a cornflower blue dress and matching hat, Her Majesty ditched her robes for this year’s speech and even took her iconic handbag up onto the throne with her.

After she finished her speech, Her Majesty rushed back to Buckingham Palace where she changed into a sunflower yellow outfit and departed to Berkshire for Royal Ascot.

There were concerns that The Queen might be forced to miss a couple of races because of the State Opening occurring on the same day as the races.

This matter was mentioned during The Queen’s Speech,with veteran MP Dennis Skinner heckling Black Rod, saying: “You better get your skates on, the first race starts at half past two”.

Her Majesty arrived at Ascot in her carriage. Sat next to her was the Duchess or Cornwall, and opposite her was the Prince of Wales and the Lord Fellows.

The Duke of Edinburgh was originally going to be traveling in the carriage with his wife today, however, he has been hospitalised as a precautionary measure.

As a result, Prince Charles covered for him both at the State Opening and at Royal Ascot, accompanying his mother throughout the day.

In the next carriage were Her Majesty’s cousins – the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michale of Kent, along with his wife, Princess Michael.

In the 3rd carriage is Princess Alexandra, James Swartz, James Tollemache and Florence Tollemache, daughter of Prince Nicholas of Prussia.

And in the final carriage are Lord & Lady Vestey and Jake & Zoe Warren. Mr Warren is the son of The Queen’s Racing Manager, John Warren.

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