Charles and Camilla lead Royals on first day of Royal Ascot 2022

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall led members of the Royal Family yesterday, on the first day of Royal Ascot 2022.

The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and husband Edo, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Zara and Mike Tindall,  Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Peter Philips also attended day one of racing staple.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall led the family in a carriage procession. (Clarence House).

Many members of the Royal Family took part in the carriage procession. In carriage one saw The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge and Peter Philips.

In the second carriage, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were in attendance.

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The third carriage saw The Princess Royal, accompanied by friends and contacts within the racing world.

Charles and Camilla presented awards during day one of Royal Ascot. (Clarence House).

Prince Charles and Camilla also presented the trophy for the St James’s Palace Stakes to William Buick.

For the event, The Countess of Wessex wore a raspberry-coloured Jane Taylor hat with a dress by Suzannah.

Whilst Princess Beatrice wore a belted cream Zimmermann midi dress and a Juliette Botterill floral straw headband.

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The Queen was not in attendance, amidst her ongoing mobility issues. It comes after she was pictured with Prince Charles and Camilla to mark the Order of the Garter service – with the Monarch dressed in a white gown and her blue Garter sash, holding a walking stick.

However, she did issue a statement on Tuesday in the event’s program. The Queen welcomed the crowds at full-capacity for the first time since 2019 and added: “I have been most grateful for the continued kindness shown to me by the racing community.

“In my Platinum Jubilee year, I was interested to learn that in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, Ascot Racecourse and the Crown Estate have planted seventy oak trees in Windsor Great Park, each of which is linked to a local school.”

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Her Majesty was a regular at the racing event prior to the pandemic, and has only missed one year, when it was held behind closed doors in 2020. She had a horse, named King’s Lynn, racing in the day’s events.

As a passionate horse lover, she has owned 22 winners of races at Royal Ascot throughout her reign. Last year, The Queen did not attend the first day of last year’s races but was later present at day five with her racing manager John Warren.

The Countess of Wessex joined her brother-in-law and sister-in-law to watch the races. (Clarence House).

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