Well done, Ma'am! Queen arrives at Royal Ascot to watch her thoroughbred Carlton House take second place in the Prince of Wales stakes
18:10 GMT, 20 June 2012
The Queen looked delighted as her thoroughbred Carlton House ran an impressive race in the Prince of Wales stakes today.
The monarch watched from the Royal balcony as her horse came in second place, narrowly beaten to first place by the race favourite So You Think.
The Queen's thoroughbred was certainly the crowd's favourite at this afternoon's Royal Ascot, if not the bookies' – and
racegoers had jostled for position at the tote as they clamoured to lay their bets ahead of the Prince of Wales
A flurry of last minute bets saw the odds on Carlton House close at 7-2 when the horses took off at 3.45pm, the second shortest odds with So You Think the favourite to win at 4-5.
Carlton House gave the race a gallant
go, taking the lead from So You Think towards the end of the race, but
in the last few moments So You Think stole back the lead and took first
place by a nose.
Accompanied by a rousing rendition of the national anthem, the Queen's Royal procession entered the grounds of Ascot for the second day of racing
Earlier, the Queen had arrived amid
much fanfare as the national anthem rang out across Ascot to welcome her
royal procession at the Berkshire racecourse.
Thousands of spectators sang along to
the brass notes of the Coldstream Guards band and gave the monarch
three cheers as the string of majestic carriages, drawn by dozens of
Windsor Greys, entered the parade ground.
Queen, who has seen 63 of her horses win at Ascot, 20 of them at Royal
Ascot, arrived in good time to take her position on the Royal balcony
at this afternoon.
in a raspberry pink wool-silk mix coat and dress with matching hat
designed by her in-house dressmaker Angela Kelly, the Queen looked
overjoyed to have her husband of 64 years back by her side in the Royal
carriage after he missed part of the Jubilee celebrations earlier this
Joining them in the front carriage
were Lord Valentine Cecil and Lord Irwin, while the Royals' friends and
guests followed behind.
Ascot’s head of communications, Nick Smith, declared himself ‘delighted' with the days proceedings.
as people did on the opening day of Royal Ascot, everyone seemed to
really enjoy dressing to their best and were treated to a great day's
racing,' he said.
didn’t quite have a Royal winner, but it was fantastic for everyone here
celebrating the Diamond Jubilee to see The Queen’s Carlton House run a
tremendous second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. She has another
chance tomorrow with Momentary who will be ridden by crowd favourite
The Queen, carrying one of her much-adored Launer handbags, makes her way to the Royal balcony ahead of the Prince of Wales stakes today, where she will watch her thoroughbred Carlton House run
The Queen, who looked overjoyed to have her husband of 64 years by her side, wore a pink silk-wool mix dress was designed by her in-house dressmaker Angela Kelly
The crowd gave three cheers as the royal procession, led by the Queen and Prince Philip, arrived on the parade ground
The Queen is accompanied by Prince Philip and Lord Valentine Cecil, who was her guest in the Royal carriage today
Jubilant: The atmosphere as the royals arrived at the 300-year-old race course was electric
The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar – and a major event in the royal calendar. The Queen will attend every one of the days accompanied by various members of the Royal family
Four spectacular Windsor Greys drew the Queen's carriage from Windsor Castle to the grounds of Ascot today
Sophie Wessex looked immaculate in a dove grey skirt suit and stunning Jane Taylor hat as she arrived to watch Carlton House in the Prince of Wales stakes today
Carlton House took the lead for a few moments towards the end of the Prince of Wales Stakes but was overtaken by 4-5 favourite So You Think on the final stretch
Carlton's House could not regain his lead and fell back as So You Think, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, pipped the Queen's horse to the post
The sun shone on today's fortunate racegoers today – the the forecast for the rest of the week shows rain and thunderstorms