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Queen to join racegoers at Ascot

HM Queen Elizabeth ll and Duke of Edinburgh on the final day of Royal Ascot in 2011. Credit: PA

Royal Ascot is welcoming the Queen for a week of horse racing that will attract around 300,000 race goers to the famous sporting and social event over the coming days. The Queen regularly attends the horse racing meet, which is held over five days.

Each afternoon the Queen travels up the course in a carriage procession with the Duke of Edinburgh, members of the Royal Family and guests. This year Royal Ascot has honoured the Queen by re-naming a race to mark the monarch's 60-year reign.

The Diamond, formerly Golden, Jubilee Stakes, will be run on Saturday - the last day of the sporting event. A passionate horse breeder and owner, the Queen has entered one of her thoroughbreds, Carlton House, for the Prince of Wales Stakes being staged at the meet.