Queen arrives at Royal Ascot after carriage horse breaks loose in high street

The Queen has arrived at Royal Ascot 2018 in her traditional procession – just hours after a carriage horse broke loose and went on the run in along high street.

Racing officials confirmed the horse was "quickly caught" and no one was hurt in the incident just before 1pm near the Berkshire racing ground.

An Ascot spokesperson later confirmed to the Mirror Online that "a carriage horse got loose and was quickly caught" after breaking free in Ascot High Street.

The horse was not part of the royal procession from 2pm, which featured the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Although clouds were threatening downpours earlier the sunshine finally showed its face in time for the Queen’s arrival as temperatures have soared to 24C.

Charles and Camilla are due to present the winning prizes in the aptly named Prince of Wales’s Stakes at 4.20pm, after the Earl of Wessex will perform the same role in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at 3.40pm.

Glam ladies and dapper gents have been pouring into the Berkshire race course joined by a host of celebrities for day two of the sporting bonanza.

Britain’s Got Talent’s Declan Donnelly was pictured at the races with pregnant wife Ali Astall this morning and Jeremy Kyle was joined by fiancee Vicky Burton.

Made in Chelsea’s Georgina Toffolo wowed in a yellow floral dress and Mo Farah looked suitably sharp alongside wife Tania Nell.

TV presenter Lizzie Cundy was pictured sporting an all red show stopper while stylist Charlie Elmy-Britton and celebrity milliner Layla Leigh posed in purple and white numbers by the racing track.

Security remains in force today with punters facing breathalyser tests and bag searches as organisers seek to clamp down on anti-social behaviour this year.

Yesterday the excitement seemed to have got a bit too much for quite a few race-goers , who were pictured having a lie down on the grass and swigging from champagne bottles.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the Queen on the first day of the huge sporting event and presented the winning trophy for the 4.20pm race, the St James’ Palace Stakes, to jockey Frankie Dettori after he galloped to glory on Without Parole.

The Queen’s horse Seniority will compete in the fifth race The Royal Hunt Cup at 5pm.

The Duke of Sussex watched on as his new wife was pecked on the hand by Dettori, who took top spot in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Without Parole on the first of the five-day event this afternoon.

The Duchess wore a white Givenchy dress for her racing debut – Clare Waight Keller of the French fashion house designed her wedding gown – with a monochrome Philip Treacy hat.

They arrived with the Queen on the royal carriage procession alongside Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The Queen – who yesterday wore a buttercup yellow coat dress, alongside daughter Princess Anne in blush pink – heads up the procession each day.

Racegoers are gearing up for the start of the second day of the famous meet have taken a punt on blue as the colour of the Queen’s hat.

Bookies traditionally take bets on the colour of the head of state’s hat, and they hope to have better luck than Tuesday when the favourite yellow was heavily backed.

Each day members of The Royal Family will travel in Ascot Landaus from Windsor Castle to the racecourse.

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The procession will begin at 2pm, followed by; The Queen Mary Stakes at 2.30pm, The Queen’s Vase at 3.05pm, The Duke of Cambridge Stakes at 3.40pm, The Prince of Wales Stakes at 4.20pm, The Royal Hunt Cup at 5pm and The Jersey Stakes at 5.35pm.

This year Ascot management has scrapped the practice of roaming alcohol sellers in the stands and enlisted trained sniffer dogs to monitor attendees.

There has also been a crackdown on beer sales and an increased stewarding presence.

Organisers also installed ‘drug amnesty boxes’ for the safe disposal of illegal substances at the popular annual event which runs until Saturday.

Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive Guy Henderson said: "The use of illegal drugs and their contribution to anti-social behaviour is a significant issue for all major events.

"This year we will continue proactively to address these challenges in order to pre-empt incidents arising from excess alcohol consumption and other anti-social behaviour."

Racing is now Britain’s second largest spectator sport with the Royal meeting is expected to attract 300,000 racegoers this year, with 70,000 expected to attend Thursday’s Gold Cup Day alone.

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