Stylish racegoers put their best fashion foot forward as they arrived for the second day of Royal Ascot.
Glamorous women put on showstopping displays in bright summer frocks while men looked dapper in top hats and tails as they arrived at the Berkshire racecourse for a day of fun in the sun.
As ever, extravagant millinery stole the show and women turned heads in their colourful creations adorned with feathers, jewels and delicate lace.
A total of 12,000 revellers have been granted tickets to each day of Royal Ascot as part of a list of pilot events taking place before the possible lifting of all lockdown restrictions next month.
On Monday Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to ‘Freedom Day’ – and to the ending of all social distancing measures – but any disappointment looked far from the minds of racegoers as they kicked off the festivities this morning.
And they’re off! A group of women admire the pristine grounds as they arrive for the second day for Royal Ascot
Enthusiastic racegoers celebrate as they triumphantly watch their horse come in during the second day of Royal Ascot
Feeling peckish! A female racegoer plants a kiss on her partner’s cheek as they watch the action from the stands at Royal Ascot today
Matching magic! The Tootsie Rollers arrive in co-ordinating dresses for the second day of the five-day race meet
Famous faces: Charlotte Hawkins arriving at Royal Ascot. Right, Francesca Cumani wearing a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan
Ready for her close up: An elegantly dressed woman in navy and neutrals smiles for photographers at Royal Ascot
Careful co-ordination: Revellers strike a pose in elegant blue-tone ensembles (left) and another goes for gold (right)
Pastel perfection! A group of glamorous racegoers arrive for the second day of Royal Ascot in colourful summer frocks
Candy-coloured creations: Soft shades of pink (right) and rainbow accessories (left) proved popular with racegoers
Taking in the views: Women wearing shades of mint and blue look out over the grounds at Royal Ascot
The must-have accessory: A face mask printed with a jockey’s silk (left) brought a playful touch to one ensemble
Royal mask-ot: This embroidered face mask added a playful touch to one woman’s Royal Ascot ensemble
Red alert! Women in co-ordinating colour block outfits pose for a photo. Right, putting on her heels for a day at the races
Kicking off the festivities! Racegoers enjoy Pimm’s and bubbles in the sunshine on the second day of Royal Ascot
Royal party: The Duchess of Cornwall’s ex-husband Andrew Parker-Bowles (left) and David Armstrong-Jones arriving today
Getting some tips? A man smartly dressed in a suit and tie flicks through a newspaper as they action kicks off at Ascot
Fingers crossed for a winner! Racegoers take in the action at Ascot Racecourse on the second day of the racing festival
A fashionable pair of racegoers clutch glasses of fizz (left) while a generous gentleman gets the drinks in (right) as the racing gets underway at Ascot
Socially distanced racegoers attend day two of Royal Ascot, with those who forgot to pack sunglasses squinting in the sunshine
Yesterday the Royal Family turned out in force for the first day of the five-day meet but it remains to be seen who will attend today.
One notable exception to the royal line-up was the Queen, 95, but Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were spotted taking a keen interest in the races as her horse King’s Lynn took part in the King’s Stand Stakes -finishing in seventh place.
Camilla looked animated as she clutched her racing programme in the royal box, while discussing the action with her husband.
They were joined by Mike and Zara Tindall making their first public appearance since the birth of their son Lucas in March, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex at the Berkshire racecourse for the annual family event.
The Queen missed Royal Ascot for only the second time in 69 years. Her Majesty’s racing manager confirmed the monarch would not be attending yesterday but is hoping to make it later in the week depending on ‘how things go’.
A socially distanced crowd keenly watch the first race of the day – The Queen Mary Stakes – get underway
Excited racegoers cheer on their horse in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes race during day two of Royal Ascot
So far the annual Berkshire event has been blessed with glorious sunshine – pictured, a view of the parade before the first race
Getting the shot: One woman holds onto her hat as she crouches down to capture her friend looking her best
The fizz is flowing! A group of friends toast the afternoon with a bottle (or two) of Moet Champagne – and fish and chips
Racegoers enjoy the festivities from socially distanced benches dotted around the racecourse to comply with Covid-19 restrictions
Dynamic duos! Women were ready for a day out with their friends as they arrived at Royal Ascot for the racing festival
Plenty of personality: This racegoer looked resplendent in a blue headpiece complete with a veil and large feathers
Hats off to them! A feathered creation and wide-brimmed floral sunhat were just two of the stunning headpieces on display
Getting into the spirit! A trumpeter performs at the start of the second day of Royal Ascot this morning
They got the memo! Racegoers wearing shades of purple, blue and mint pose for a photo at the start of Royal Ascot
Fun and fabulous! A polka dot dress (left) and an elegant pink ensemble were just two of the stunning looks at Ascot
Lucky racegoers manage to secure a spot at the side of the track to watch the day’s races at Royal Ascot today
Day out! Military personnel enjoy the weather under an umbrella at Royal Ascot, in Berkshire, today
Finishing touch: Whether they were in understated shades of neutral or vibrant colours, hats turned heads at Ascot
Francesca Cumani elegantly strides around the race course on day two of the annual event, known for its stylish attendees
Kemari ridded by William Buick on their way to winning the 15:05 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot today
The weekend kicked off early for these racegoers who helped themselves to a refreshing glass of vino while watching the races
Anticipation grows among racegoers as runners approach on Day Two of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse
A reveller in a chic royal blue trouser suit with an eye-catching spiked feather hat watches nervously during the afternoon’s racing at Ascot
Lady Carolyn Warren, daughter of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, the Queen’s former racing adviser, whose husband John Warren is Her Majesty’s current one, arrives at Royal Ascot wearing a chic pink floral dress with a cream cropped jacket, carrying a Saint Laurent bag
The Queen’s racing manager John Warren told Radio 4: ‘Obviously the Queen would love to attend, as you know she’s fanatic about racing, watching racing and breeding horses, and has been going to Ascot all of her adult life. So, it’s a shame to miss an event.
‘The plan at the moment is to see how it goes towards the latter part of the week and if the Queen’s able to come because she’s got runners, then, fingers crossed, it will happen.’
He added that the monarch was ‘fanatic’ about horse racing, and called her energy levels ‘incredible’ despite her age.
He said: ‘It’s remarkable. The Queen’s energy levels are incredible. She’s 95. She went down to the G7 this week, and trundled back on the train in the middle of the night and the energy will be raised higher again for a week like Ascot.’
Four members of the British military look smart in their uniforms as they pose for a photograph on the second day of the Royal Ascot horserace meeting
Ladies in red! A female reveller sported an eye-catching top hat adorned with flowers and netting to match her scarlet and white polka dot frock (left) while another teams her headpiece with a purple outfit and matching lippy
Khadijah Mellah, 20, from Peckham – the first hijab-wearing jockey in a competitive British horse race – poses during Royal Ascot 2021
Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes during day two of Royal Ascot
Taking it all in: a group of Ascot racegoers bask in the warm summer sunshine as they enjoy the action on day two
A racegoer cheers on her bet while her pals look bemused during this afternoon’s races at Royal Ascot, on day two of the meet
On Monday Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to ‘Freedom Day’ – and to the ending of all social distancing measures – but any disappointment looked far from the minds of racegoers (pictured: a view of the parade before the first race)
Sope Dirisu (left) and Damson Idris (right) enjoy the private VIP suite hosted by Longines in the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot today
A racegoer relaxes on a bench, glass of fizz in hand, as she takes in the atmosphere – wearing a striking feathered hat
A stylishly dressed couple look enamoured by the racing as it gets underway at Royal Ascot this afternoon
High spirits! Racegoers enjoy the atmosphere at Royal Ascot today, having dressed smart for the occasion
Dapper: Nicola Zaino arrived with a guest dressed in a soft pink long-sleeved dress for a day of fun in the sun at Ascot
Feathered fancy! Nazar Bullen, from London, is a vision in a pink feathered headpiece and dress at Royal Ascot
Here come the girls! The Tootsie Rollers arrive arm-in-arm at Royal Ascot for the second day of the racing festival
Taking some time out: a racegoer dressed in an elegant floral lace pink gown with a matching wide brim hat enjoys a quiet moment on a bench
More is more! Nazer Bullen turned heads when she arrived in this extravagant feathered confection
Strike a pose! The Tootsie Rollers got into formation as they posed for a photograph at the start of a day of fun at Royal Ascot
Think pink! Social media star Nino Tsomaya opted for an elegant rose-coloured dress for Royal Ascot
A pop of colour! One Ascot reveller opts for a vibrant poppy-themed hat for the occasion as she posed before the races
Kiss me quick! One racegoer opted for an elaborate lips themed hat which appeared somewhat tricky to manage (left) while another colourful pair looked thrilled to be at the prestigious event (right)
Splash of colour! The Tootsie Rollers added rainbow-coloured hats and headpieces to top off their monochrome looks
Ready for the day: Revellers scan their tickets on their way into the event, which is part of a Covid trial scheme
The bookmakers do their best to create some shade with umbrellas under the scorching summer sun on day two of Ascot
However he said the experience would be different for the monarch, adding: ‘In the past, she would have gone and looked at horses in the paddock, even though they weren’t hers because she is so fascinated in the breed so she’d want go and look at the stallion prospects of the future.’
John continued: Every race that takes place every day of the week, the Queen will certainly read the Racing Post every morning, look at the breeding of all the winners the day before, and see that these stallions that she uses will be potential horses for her own mares.
‘It’s a deep fascination, a very broad escapism for all the other things that the Queen has to deal with in her life.’
The Queen has a number of runners at the Berkshire racecourse, with Mr Warren tipping Tactical in the Jersey Stakes on Saturday as a potential winner.
Last year – when Ascot was held behind closed doors – was the first time the Queen had missed it in her entire reign.