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Hats off to the Queen at Royal Ascot

Thousands of racegoers wearing their spectacular hats hid beneath umbrellas as they arrived for day one of Royal Ascot.

The world-famous event got off to a very soggy start. But the rain stopped just in time for The Queen's arrival.

She wrote in the official programme that her trips to the Berkshire racecourse are among her "most cherished memories". Kate Bunkall reports.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Trains suspended between Ascot & London Waterloo

Rail services have been suspended on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Twickenham, between London Waterloo and Ascot and between London Waterloo and Hounslow due to a lineside fire discovered earlier this morning at Vauxhall.

This is expected to continue until later this morning. A limited commuter service is in operation to and from London Waterloo, however passengers are advised not to travel into Waterloo unless it is absolutely necessary.


Appeal to help find missing man from Ascot

Stephen Gilbert was last seen in Ascot on Saturday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information to trace a missing man from Ascot.

Stephen Gilbert was last seen in Blackmoor Wood, Ascot, on Saturday.

Stephen is 51-years-old, white, about 5ft 6ins, of large build, with brown and grey hair, blue eyes. He often has a beard.

Stephen has access to a Silver Ford Fiesta Titanium automatic vehicle with the registration GIL1460.

“Stephen, if you are reading this please make contact with police so we know that you are safe and well. You can visit a police station or call 101."

– Investigating officer, PC Ben Eastment

Ladies' Day at Ascot today

It's Ladies' Day at Ascot today Credit: teve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It's the annual Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot today. Women from across the region and beyond are attending the horse racing event wearing their most fashionable outfits for the Gold Cup. Dress code assistants are on hand to ensure racegoers don't flout the rules.

Bake Off star takes on zip wire for charity

Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison joined dozens of daredevils as she took on the ‘Final Furlong’ - an 800ft zip wire challenge at Ascot racecourse in aid of Victim Support.

Linda Darrall, Divisional Manager for Victim Support in Berkshire said: “It’s brilliant that so many locals took on the zip wire challenge. This was a great opportunity to get together, have fun and raise money and awareness for Victim Support."

Victim Support is an independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. The charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary during 2014.

Credit: Victim Support
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