Royal Ascot 2014 gets underway

Thousands of race-goers are expected to attend Royal Ascot over the next five days.

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Thousands of race-goers attend Royal Ascot on day one

51,000 bottles of champagne, 30,000 eclairs and nearly 3000 lobsters will be consumed in Berkshire this week as Royal Ascot gets underway.

The five day event began this afternoon with 'Toronado' ridden by Richard Hughes winning the Queen Anne Stakes. With nearly three hundred thousand racegoers expected over the next few days, organisers say they're hoping the rain will hold off.

ITV Meridian spoke to Richard Barclay, Director of Hospitality at Royal Ascot.

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