The monarch, who is a passionate horse owner, was greeted with cheers as she rode into the famous racecourse in a carriage with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Ascot hosts the famous five-day meeting which is as much a social event as an important sporting fixture that attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers in the world.
The Queen wrote in the official programme: "I was fortunate enough to own a winner at last year's royal meeting, so I know what a thrill it is to have success at this wonderful racecourse, whether you are a trainer, jockey, or one of the many hard-working stable staff associated with every runner.
"I would like to wish all those involved the very best of luck."
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