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Royal Ascot

Queen Camilla presents the Ascot trophy named after the royal whose crown she wore at the Coronation

Their names are both written in the history books as queen consorts and their Coronations involved the same crown so it’s fitting that Queen Camilla has presented the main prize on the second day of Royal Ascot, named after a woman with whom she has many links, Queen Mary.

Her Majesty handed over the historic gilt trophy to winners in a sunny ceremony soon after the race ended.

Victory this year was claimed by Crimson Advocate, ridden by John R. Velazquez and trained by George Weaver.

The Queen Mary Stakes is the main race on day two of Royal Ascot. It was established in 1921 and named in honour of the then queen consort. The first race was won by a horse called Wild Mint.

Queen Camilla and King Charles led the royal procession at Ascot for the second day. They have been joined at the famous meeting by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh who also took part in the carriage procession. Zara and Mike Tindall rode in the third carriage on day two.

Already in the Royal Enclosure was the Princess Royal while Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are also attending.

Queen Camilla was crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown at the Coronation on May 6th.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.