Royals gather for more racing at Ascot but Queen’s horse is put down

Known as Ladies Day, day three of Royal Ascot saw Royals gather once more for another day of racing. One of the busiest days of the week-long event, the day is full of daring millinery and flamboyant dresses in the hope of winning the Best Dressed Lady prize, with the Ascot Gold Cup up for grabs on the racetrack.

The Queen arrived for Ladies Day accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh for the traditional Royal Procession, joined by Prince Andrew, Duke of York and John Warren. Her Majesty divided opinion in the cobalt blue and orange Stewart Parvin ensemble, but was certainly eye-catching.

The Princess Royal made her appearance in the second coach – one of the few times she has joined the Royal procession. Princess Eugenie joined Princess Alexandra and The Duke and Duchess of Fife in her carriage.

Other Royals, including The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined The Queen and Prince Philip, as well as Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and their son, Freddy Windsor.

The Queen looked delighted, smiling for the highlight of the day, when she presented The Gold Cup. Ryan Moore did it again, riding Order of St. George to victory, securing a seventh Gold Cup success.

The Countess of Wessex and Princess Eugenie of York also helped in handing out prizes.

Winners for the third day at Ascot Racecourse include:

14.30 The Norfolk Stakes – Prince Of Lir 8-1
15.05 The Tercentenary Stakes – Hawkbill 11-2
15.40 The Ribblesdale Stakes – Even Song 15-8
16.20 The Gold Cup – Order Of St George 10-11
17.00 The Britannia Stakes – Defrocked 13-2
17.35 The King George V Stakes – Primitivo 13-2

Some sad news followed for Her Majesty: her horse, Guy Fawkes, took a tumble in the George V stakes, and had to be put down suffering a broken foreleg. Luckily, jockey Pat Smullen managed to escape unharmed. Smullen said: “The horse did it after a furlong. It’s one of those things that happen in racing occasionally.”

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