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Duchess of Cornwall gives the Queen a tour of Brixton riding club

The Duchess of Cornwall has given the Queen a tour of an inner city riding club which she has been supporting as President. The Ebony Horse Club in Brixton was created in 1996 to give disadvantaged children and teenagers access to horses and riding.

The Queen meeting ITV London's Ronke Phillips, who is Patron of the Ebony Horse Club charity Credit: ITV News
The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the charity in south London Credit: ITV News
During her visit, The Queen toured the stables and classroom, meeting young riders, volunteers and staff Credit: ITV News

Queen celebrates National Theatre's 50th birthday

The National Theatre on London's Southbank has been delighting audiences and critics with the best of British talent for decades.

Over the last 50 years stars like Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Gambon have helped bring more than 800 productions to the stage. And today to celebrate its golden birthday, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the theatre for a backstage tour. Sangeeta Kandola reports.

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Man with knife arrested at Palace

A man was arrested today after trying to enter Buckingham Palace while in possession of a knife, Scotland Yard said.

The 44 year old was held at around 11.30am when he attempted to get through the north centre gate and was stopped by police. Officers searched him and he was found to have a knife.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon and is in custody.

Buckingham Palace said that the Queen was not in the building when the man tried to get in, but would make no further comment.

Did you guess the Queen's outfit?

Royal Ascot punters were counting their losses after many failed to guess the colour of the Queen's hat. The monarch wore a lilac hat as she processed along the famous course in a carriage with the Duke of York and her grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.

Trying to pick the hue of the monarch's headgear is a tradition at the famous Berkshire meet where fashion is just as important as the spectacle of horse racing. Earlier in the day the colour blue was the hot favourite with many bookmakers closely followed by yellow.

But William Hill and Coral stopped taking bets after suspicions were raised by a number of large punts on the colours grey and silver. The Queen's lilac outfit was by Angela Kelly, and consisted of a silk print dress with a floral design, double breasted coat and a matching hat.

The Queen at Ladies' Day

The Queen and members of the Royal family have arrived at Ascot on Ladies' Day head of the Gold Cup race. It's due to take place at 3.45 pm.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Autumn Phillips for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
The Royal Procession makes its way down the course Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
The Royals at Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Forget the frocks, it's the year of the hat

Celebrities and racegoers have turned out for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot, and this year they're dressed to impress.

Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Victoria Pendleton during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Hat designer Tracy Rose during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A female racegoer at Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A female racegoer at Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A female racegoer at Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Queen is all smiles after Duke's discharge

Queen Elizabeth II walks in procession in the annual Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

The Queen was all smiles today as she took part in the historic Garter Day service on the day the Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from hospital.

The Queen walks in procession with The Price of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
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