Royal Ascot is one of the most important meetings on the flat race calender, and Ladies Day is one day of the event that everybody loves.
It’s the day where beautifully dressed women, many of whom have spent fortunes on their attire, are admired and photographed, but actually it’s their hat’s, made in all shapes and sizes, that really get the attention.
Yesterday was Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, and a very special day for Queen Elizabeth, as her four year old filly Estimate won the Gold Cup, one of the most important races of the meeting.
Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, started the race as favourite and ran very strongly to stay in front and cross the winning line first.
It certainly made her smile and although she’s 87 years old she was up on her feet and clapping very excitedly, together with her racing advisor.
Over the last decades, the Queen has presented the Cup to many very proud owners, and this year, 60 years after her Coronation, she was the one receiving it.
Of course, it would be strange to present the Cup to herself so her son Prince Andrew, Duke of York, had the honour of presenting her with this very special trophy.
She has also made history as being the first and only reigning Monarch to own the winner of the Gold Cup, the race being held for the 207th time.
What an achievment for a very special lady!