Queen Camilla is joined at Royal Ascot by King Charles, Zara and Sophie for Ladies Day – but looks frustrated as she watches the races

Queen Camilla appeared frustrated – and very animated –  today as she watched the races alongside the royal family at Ascot.

Dressed in all white, Camilla put on a very expressive display as she held on to binoculars and watched the races from the royal enclosure after arriving alongside the King and Duke and Duchess and Devonshire. 

After leading the royal procession, the pair then headed to the royal enclosure, where Camilla appeared on the edge of her seat – perhaps indicating the race didn’t have her desired outcome. 

The King, who didn’t attend the racecourse yesterday in favour of investitures, opted for a classic top hat and tails look, pairing a grey suit with a complementary powder blue waistcoat and pink tie.

The Queen, who yesterday attended with her stepson Prince William and his in-laws Carole and Michael Middleton, wore an all white look with a stand-out Dehli Carved Emerald Brooch. The piece was gifted to  Queen Mary in 1911 when she attended the Delhi Durbar, the coronation in India.

Queen Camilla appeared frustrated today as she watched the races alongside the royal family at Ascot

Dressed in all white, Camilla joined the King as arrived in a carriage with the Duke and Duchess and Devonshire before heading to the royal enclosure

Dressed in all white, Camilla joined the King as arrived in a carriage with the Duke and Duchess and Devonshire before heading to the royal enclosure

The pair then headed to the royal enclosure, where she appeared very expressive - perhaps indicating the race didn't have her desired outcome

The pair then headed to the royal enclosure, where she appeared very expressive – perhaps indicating the race didn’t have her desired outcome

The king and queen - both keen attendees of the races - looked enthralled by the races

The king and queen – both keen attendees of the races – looked enthralled by the races

Her Majesty put on a very animated display as she watched the races

Her Majesty put on a very animated display as she watched the races

The queen appeared to suffer a tough blow as she watched on

The queen appeared to suffer a tough blow as she watched on 

Queen Camilla reacts and bites her fingers as she watches on

Queen Camilla reacts and bites her fingers as she watches on

The pair were joined by their keen equestrian niece Zara Tindall and her husband Mike.

Zara, 43, wowed in an all blue Rebecca Vallance dress and bespoke Hettie by Tusting clutch bag as she rode in a carriage alongside husband Mike and  The Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon.

Also attending was Zara’s mother Princess Anne – who is also an Olympic equestrian – and her husband Sir Admiral Timothy Laurence.

The daughter of billionaire Aga Khan’s, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, joined the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in another carriage. 

Princess Margaret’s children, the Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto also joined the royal procession.

Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh during the presentation ceremony Royal Ascot

Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh during the presentation ceremony Royal Ascot

Sophie and Edward beam as they present an award

Sophie and Edward beam as they present an award 

Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh during the presentation ceremony Royal Ascot

Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh during the presentation ceremony Royal Ascot

The King and Queen arrive at Ascot today for the third day of the race meet

The monarchs arrived alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

The monarchs arrived alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Zara Tindall, a keen equestrian, wowed in a blue ensemble at the race meet

Zara Tindall, a keen equestrian, wowed in a blue ensemble at the race meet

The royal couple during presentations for the Gold Cup trophies

The royal couple during presentations for the Gold Cup trophies

It comes as The Princess of Wales’ mother and father – Carole and Michael Middleton – attended the second day of Royal Ascot, in their first public appearance since their daughter’s cancer diagnosis.

Dressed in all their finery, the beaming couple looked in good spirits as they arrived side-by-side for the prestigious event at the Berkshire racecourse – alongside royals such as Zara and Mike Tindall.

The Middletons’ outing comes after their daughter Kate, 42, who has been receiving chemotherapy for an undisclosed form of cancer since February, made a spectacular return to public life during Trooping the Colour on Saturday.

Prince William, who led the royal carriage procession along side Queen Camilla in the absence of his father on day two of the society event, spent time chatting to his mother and father-in-law ahead of the races beginning.

In spite of the absence of the King and Princess of Wales from the event, there was a strong turnout of royals today, with the Windsors – and the Middletons – putting on a united front in the face of recent adversities. 

Zara Tindall (centre) speaks with husband Mike Tindall (centre right) on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Zara Tindall (centre) speaks with husband Mike Tindall (centre right) on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Also attending was Zara's mother Princess Anne - who is also an Olympic Equestrian - and her husband Sir Admiral Timothy Laurence

Also attending was Zara’s mother Princess Anne – who is also an Olympic Equestrian – and her husband Sir Admiral Timothy Laurence

Royal Ascot, the jewel in the crown of the UK racing calendar, started on Tuesday with the Queen Anne Stakes and will run until Saturday.

Royal Ascot, the jewel in the crown of the UK racing calendar, started on Tuesday with the Queen Anne Stakes and will run until Saturday.

Charles was sure to read the programme before heading to watch the races

Charles was sure to read the programme before heading to watch the races

The King greets his stepson, Tom Parker Bowles, inside the royal enclosure

The King greets his stepson, Tom Parker Bowles, inside the royal enclosure

The pair sweetly kissed each other on the cheek - before sharing a joke

The pair sweetly kissed each other on the cheek – before sharing a joke

The pair appeared to joke and laugh together

The pair appeared to joke and laugh together

Camilla looks through binoculars at from the royal enclosure

Camilla looks through binoculars at from the royal enclosure

The king also put on a animated display as he joined his wife on the balcony

The king also put on a animated display as he joined his wife on the balcony

Camilla looked shocked as she looked down from the balcony

Camilla looked shocked as she looked down from the balcony

Sophie and Camilla enjoyed a laugh together as they watched the races

Sophie and Camilla enjoyed a laugh together as they watched the races

Zara and Mike enjoyed a spot of PDA as they watched the races

Zara and Mike enjoyed a spot of PDA as they watched the races

Charles was sure to make sure he looked dapper in a three piece suit

Charles was sure to make sure he looked dapper in a three piece suit 

Royal Ascot, the jewel in the crown of the UK racing calendar, started on Tuesday with the Queen Anne Stakes and will run until Saturday. 

Radiant guests turned the racecourse into a sea of colourful ensembles as they stepped out for the prestigious occasion. 

Those trying to command attention amongst the crowd of thousands opted for unique headwear – including a unicorn-themed creation and even an owl design. 

Novelty hats appeared to be the biggest trend of the day, with one person turning up with a burger inspired hat and another showing off a chessboard fascinator.

The wacky, gravity-defying style of hats are permitted in most of the areas at Ascot, except from the Royal Enclosure.

Zara opted for the Juliana Puff Sleeve Midi Blue Dress from Rebecca Vallance

Zara opted for the Juliana Puff Sleeve Midi Blue Dress from Rebecca Vallance

The King's niece was sure to pull out all the stops for Ladies Day

The King’s niece was sure to pull out all the stops for Ladies Day

Zara and Mike appeared enthralled by the races

Zara and Mike appeared enthralled by the races

The king's brother Prince Edward looked dapper in a three piece suit

The king’s brother Prince Edward looked dapper in a three piece suit

David, Earl of Snowdon supported his cousin, the King, at the event

David, Earl of Snowdon supported his cousin, the King, at the event

Sophie wowed in an all white ensemble with bold flower prints

Sophie wowed in an all white ensemble with bold flower prints

The King led the royal procession alongside his wife

The King led the royal procession alongside his wife

Former England rugby pro Mike Tindall - who is married to Princess Anne's daughter - wore a grey suit

Former England rugby pro Mike Tindall – who is married to Princess Anne’s daughter – wore a grey suit

‘A hat or headpiece with a solid base of four inches in diameter is mandatory in the Royal Enclosure,’ explained the Royal Ascot website. 

‘Fascinators are not permitted. Novelty hats (i.e. ones which are excessively oversized, or are promoting or marketing any product or brand) are not permitted.’ 

This year’s meeting will have an overall prize-money pot of £10million. This is a record amount for Royal Ascot. The minimum winnings for all eight Group 1 races will be £650,000. 

It was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 after she declared Ascot ideal for ‘horses to gallop at full stretch’ and has today become a major social event as well as a sporting attraction. 

For the first time in its 313-year history, Ascot Racecourse announced this year the appointment of a creative director.

The King, known for his chatty demeanour, was sure to greet guests at the event

The King, known for his chatty demeanour, was sure to greet guests at the event

The King, who recently underwent cancer treatment, waved to guests

The King, who recently underwent cancer treatment, waved to guests

Charles and Camilla appeared to delighted to meet crowds

Charles and Camilla appeared to delighted to meet crowds

British fashion designer Daniel Fletcher was responsible for the creation of the annual Lookbook and Millinery Collective in 2024, which set the style tone for the year and often inspire racegoers’ outfits.

He’s known for his classically tailored silhouettes and modern gender-fluid clothes; his Spring/Summer 2023 collection included corset designs for both men and women.

The Cheshire-born designer, whose first customer was the eccentric Harry Styles, told GQ in 2023: ‘The idea of an item of clothing being for a specific gender is such a funny one.

‘I understand that something like a bra is designed for function, but when it comes to a shirt, why would we apply gender to something like that? And for me, the same applies to the corset.’ 

Former One Direction member Harry whose style has included jumpsuits, feather boas, skirts and dresses, became Daniel’s first customer after buying all the boxy short-sleeved shirts from the designer’s graduate collection in 2015. 

‘Harry had a huge impact on my career,’ Daniel admitted to GQ in 2020. ‘At 24 years old I couldn’t believe what was happening.’ 

Since then, the designer’s career has gone from strength to strength, with A-listers including James McAvoy, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Corrin and Emerald Fennell wearing his looks.

The Central Saint Martins graduate has also designed for some of the world’s most prestigious houses including Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and JW Anderson and held the role of Artistic Director for Italian label Fiorucci between 2019 and 2023. 

He was nominated for the LVMH prize in 2017, was a winner of the European Semi- Final of the International Woolmark Prize and named Breakthrough Designer of The Year in the 2020 GQ Men of The Year Awards. 

After many successful seasons showing his collections on the London Fashion Week schedule, Daniel took part in Netflix’s ‘Next In Fashion’ series which saw him make it to the final.

Of his latest appointment, Daniel said: ‘I’m thrilled to be appointed as Ascot’s first Creative Director and have thrown myself into the new role. 

‘I’m keen to encapsulate the rich heritage of the racecourse while embracing the unique dress codes, adding a contemporary twist to bring a flair that Ascot hasn’t seen before. 

‘For 2024, I want to inspire racegoers to push the boundaries with their own unique style and immerse themselves in the opportunity to embrace their own creativity – and what better occasion than Royal Ascot! 

‘I’m super excited to reveal the next evolution of style direction for the world- renowned brand and can’t wait for the vision to become a reality.’

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