King Charles and Queen Camilla lead royal procession at Royal Ascot's opening day

The King and Queen led the Royal Ascot procession, wishing racegoers luck and reflecting on past victories.

Pop Culture & Art June 18, 2024

King Charles and Queen Camilla made a notable appearance on the first day of Royal Ascot. 

King Charles wore a morning suit and top hat, while Queen Camilla was dressed in a royal blue outfit with a matching hat.

The royal couple led the procession in the first carriage, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Wellington. Following them were Princess Anne, her son Peter Phillips, Lady Gabriella Kingston, and the Firm's racing manager John Warren.

In the official programme, Charles and Camilla wished racegoers "the very best of luck" in seeking the "unique thrill of a Royal Ascot winner." They wrote, "We wish all the participants this week the very best of luck in seeking that unique thrill of a Royal Ascot winner. We also hope that those here at the racecourse and watching from home will enjoy five days of the finest racing that this sport has to offer."

They also reflected on their previous success, stating, "It gave us immense pleasure and joy to witness Desert Hero's victory in the King George V Stakes last year, particularly as he was bred by Her late Majesty."

The King and Queen have entered several horses in races over the next five days, continuing the late Queen's tradition as a thoroughbred owner and breeder, with over 20 Royal Ascot winners during her reign. 

Last year, their horse Desert Hero won the King George V Stakes, marking the King's first victory at the Berkshire racecourse since he ascended the throne.


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