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Royal Ascot

The King and Queen are joined by Princess Anne and the Gloucesters on the first day of Royal Ascot

The King and The Queen attended the first day of Royal Ascot 2023 in the company of family and friends.

As has been a staple of the summer social calendar for many decades, the royals arrived at the Berkshire racecourse in a spectacular carriage procession drawn by Windsor Greys.

King Charles & Queen Camilla took centre stage in the first carriage alongside the Duke & Duchess of Wellington.

Their Graces are close friends of The Royal Family, with the Duke playing an important role at the Coronation last month where he carried Queen Mary’s Crown, used to crown Queen Camilla.

Photo by Charlie Proctor

The Princess Royal travelled behind in the second carriage, seated alongside The Queen’s sister – Annabel Elliot.

They were joined by Queen Camilla’s nephew, Ben Elliott, and his wife, Mary-Clare.

The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester travelled in the third carriage alongside prominent horse owner/breeders, Lord & Lady Bamford.

Photo by Charlie Proctor

Finally, in the fourth carriage, two of racing’s star names took their seats in the procession.

Ireland’s most prominent national hung trainer, Willie Mullins, was warmly received by the crowds, as was Ralph Beckett who has Their Majesties’ long-standing racehorse trainer.

Mullins and Beckett were joined in the procession by their wives.