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Queen misses the whole of the Royal Ascot for the first time in her 70-year reign

Queen misses the whole of the Royal Ascot for the first time in her 70-year reign: Monarch is replaced in Royal procession by the Duke of Kent on the final day of the famous race meeting

  • The Queen was replaced in the Royal Procession by the Duke of Kent
  • This is the first time in her 70-year reign she missed the final day of Royal Ascot
  • The Queen chose to watch at home in Windsor Castle – a 15-minute drive away

The Queen missed the final day of Royal Ascot yesterday, meaning she did not attend the famous race meeting for the first time in her reign.

The monarch was replaced in the Royal procession by the Duke of Kent, followed by Princess Beatrice, elder daughter of Prince Andrew, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The Queen, a lifelong racing enthusiast, chose to watch at home in Windsor Castle, just a 15-minute drive from the Berkshire course.

The monarch was replaced in the Royal procession by the Duke of Kent, followed by Princess Beatrice. She stunned the Ascot crown in a polka-dot dress similar to one worn by Princess Diana in 1988

But her absence failed to dampen the roaring atmosphere, as thousands of glamorous racegoers showcased their finery – among them Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and his partner, oil heress Lindsay Wallace, a mother-of-two.

Beatrice’s outfit seemed to be inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned the Ascot crowd on Friday in a polka-dot dress similar to the one worn by Princess Diana in 1988.

Rather than the scorching heat earlier in the week, yesterday’s procession took place under gunmetal skies and a brisk breeze that forced Beatrice, 33, to cover her lap in a blanket and other members in the procession to grip their hats.

Lady Victoria Hervey during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.  Aside from members of the Royal Family, celebrities and sporting stars flocked to Ascot

Lady Victoria Hervey during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Aside from members of the Royal Family, celebrities and sporting stars flocked to Ascot

Georgia Toffolo donning an all-white suit during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Georgia Toffolo donning an all-white suit during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Royals were welcomed by a Guard of Honor of 70 children dressed in the Queen’s famous purple, red and gold racing silks.

Beatrice has been carrying out an increasing number of engagements after it was reported Andrew wanted his daughters to be given more duties.

The Duke of York himself skipped one of the most colorful events in the Royal calendar, amid speculation he wanted to avoid embarrassing fellow Royals.

Racegoers included socialites Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey, who dazzled in all-white outfits.  Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand also attended for the first time

Racegoers included socialites Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey, who dazzled in all-white outfits. Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand also attended for the first time

Aside from members of the Royal Family, celebrities and sporting stars flocked to Ascot.

They included socialites Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey, who dazzled in all-white outfits. Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand also attended for the first time. He said: ‘The atmosphere is crazy. I love it.’

In a note for the Royal Ascot 2022 programme, the Queen wrote: ‘I have been most grateful for the continued kindness shown to me by the racing community.’

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