Hats off to her! Beaming Queen delighted as she gets her first winner of the week at Royal Ascot (and the Duke of Edinburgh presents the prize)
Three-year-old filly Estimate wins the Queen's Vase by five lengths Thoroughbred was a gift to the Queen from the Aga KhanDuke of Edinburgh presents his wife with the award, marking her 21st win at Royal Ascot
17:30 GMT, 22 June 2012
It was a moment of unbridled joy for the Queen this afternoon as she celebrated her first win of the week at Royal Ascot.
She beamed with delight as she watched her thoroughbred Estimate put in an excellent performance in the 5pm Queen's Vase, keeping a steady pace throughout before moving away from the group in the last moments to win by five lengths.
The horse, a gift from the Aga Khan from his top breeding stock, had been backed into 3-1 odds by enthusiastic punters who clamoured to place bets before the race.
The crowd cheered as the Duke of Edinburgh made the presentation of the Queen's Vase – the first time in history he has handed the prize to his wife – marking the Queen's 21st winner at Royal Ascot.
The clouds and wind that had blighted
the race course for much of the day lifted and the sun
shone on the monarch as she posed for the traditional owner's
photographs with her filly.
Delighted: The Duke of Edinburgh presents the Queen with the winning owner's trophy after her horse Estimate took first place in the Queen's Vase this afternoon
A fine filly: The sun came out as the Queen posed for the traditional owner's photograph with Estimate
Victory! The Queen beamed as she watched her horse, a gift from the Aga Khan, take first place
Romping home: Jockey Ryan Moore, wearing purple and red silks, rides the Queen's filly Estimate to victory – her 21st win at Royal Ascot but the first this week
The Queen and Prince Philip were both beaming as they arrived for a fourth day of racing this afternoon
Earlier, the gusts of wind that were
sending hats and hemlines flying across the parade ground had threatened
to lift up the Queen's hat as she entered the course in her open-topped
Landau, causing her to take hold of the brim with one hand.
The Queen, with Prince Philip by her side, was joined in the first carriage by the father of the
Countess of Wessex, Christopher Rhys-Jones, and Christopher Bruce.
The purple of the Queen's jockeys silks was echoed in her vibrant outfit – a wool-crepe dress by her in-house couturier Angela Kelly, worn with matching hat and an amethyst brooch studded with seven purple stones and 12 freshwater pearls, gifted to her in 1960 after the opening of the Queen's Bridge in Scotland.
For the four procession days of Royal Ascot week, the Queen and her guests leave Windsor Castle at 1.35pm and drive in cars to the Ascot Gate of Windsor Great Park where they then transfer to horse-drawn carriages for the drive down the course to the Royal Box
In the second carriage sat the Queen's first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent with his wife Princess Michael, along with Michael Rake, the chairman of BT group, and his wife Lady Caroline Rake.
Behind them travelled Lady Caroline Warren and John warren, Mr Harry Legge-Bourke, one-time Page of Honour to the Queen, and a member of the Welsh Guards, now working in the city. His wife Iona completed the quartet.
The Queen's filly Estimate is set to run in the Queen's Vase at 5pm later today.
The 86-year-old monarch will take her place in the royal box to get a bird's-eye view of her three-year-old thoroughbred in action.
Estimate, who is owned by the Queen, will be one of jockey Ryan Moore's final rides. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly has been well supported and is now vying for favouritism with Athens at 4/1.
Other royals to attend the five-day racing event so far have included the Count and Countess of Wessex, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Princess Anne.
Racing fan: The Queen first went to Ascot in 1945 and has attended every year since
Racing at Ascot dates from 1711 when Queen Anne drove from nearby Windsor Castle with her entourage for a day's sport organised at her command
While the Queen and Philip led the procession her first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent sat with wife Princess Michael in the second carriage
The Queen's vibrant wool-crepe heather dress was designed by in-house couturier Angela Kelly
Lady Caroline Rake, who was seated in a carriage next to Princess Michael of Kent, held onto her hat as winds picked up
The Queen often wears a distinctive colour to be noticed by those who have come to see her
Fingers crossed: The Queen's horse Estimate will run in the Queen's Vase at 5pm later today
Many racegoers struggled with the high winds and were forced to cling on to their hats to stop them from blowing away
Thar she blows! A lady struggles with her hat as it wraps itself around her face