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The Duchess of Cambridge catches the Countess of Wessex as she falls out of carriage

The Countess of Wessex fell into the arms of the Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday at Royal Ascot as Sophie tripped over when she disembarked from her carriage.

The Countess lost her balance when exiting the carriage which she has been sitting in with her husband, the Earl of Wessex, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Both royals appeared shocked as Sophie nearly landed flat on her face, but the shock soon turned to laughter after the awkward encounter.

The Wessex family and the Cambridge family attended the racecourse without their children, but were kept company by other senior members of The Royal Family.

Leading the party were The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who arrived at the racecourse in the first carriage, which also carried the Duke of York and Lord Vestey.

Behind the Monarch in the second carriage were the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, alongside Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Finally, Princess Anne’s son, Peter, and his wife Autumn were part of the royal procession into the racecourse. Joining them in their carriage was Lord Fellows and Lady Jane Fellows.

Royal Ascot is one of Her Majesty’s favourite engagements of the royal year, and she has written the foreword to Tuesday’s official programme. In it, she highlighted how the huge number of racegoers and horses from around the world make Royal Ascot a “unique” event.

However, the 91-year-old Monarch may have to miss the first couple of races tomorrow as she officially opens the UK Parliament in the morning and delivers The Queen’s Speech.

Despite the frantic rush, Her Majesty hopes that she can travel from Central London to the racecourse in Berkshire whilst missing as little racing action as possible.