Ascot winner dies after race

Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh. Murtagh said the colt "ran his heart out".

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Racegoers prepare for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot

Racegoers are preparing for Gold Cup Day, also known as Ladies' Day, one of the highlights at Royal Ascot.

Ladies’ Day is one of the highlights at Royal Ascot. Credit: PA

Ladies' Day is known for its display of flamboyant and exotic hats and the most extravagant creations.

Racegoers also traditionally bet on the colour of the hat the Queen will wear on the day.

Bookmakers Coral believe she will wear a blue hat and makes the colour its 3-1 favourite.

However, punters have been backing purple and its odds have fallen from 8-1 to 5-1.

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Famous faces head to Royal Ascot

Gary Lineker, Katherine Jenkins and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were among the famous faces who visited Royal Ascot today.

The famous five day meeting at the Berkshire racecourse is known for its array of celebrity visitors as well as its racing.

Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins said she was attracted to the glamour of the event: "I love Royal Ascot, it's just so old-fashioned - old-fashioned glamour, old-fashioned traditions."

Katherine Jenkins pictured at Royal Ascot today. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker arriving at Royal Ascot 2013. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai was at the event. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Queen takes part in minute's silence for Sir Henry Cecil

The Queen took part in a minute's silence at Royal Ascot for legendary horse racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died last week aged 70.

Queen Elizabeth II observes a minute's silence for the late Sir Henry Cecil. Credit: PA

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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Sir Henry Cecil to be remembered at Royal Ascot

Thousands of racing fans will today pay their respects for first day of Royal Ascot to legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died last week at the age of 70.

The Newmarket trainer was a 10-time champion racehorse trainer and one of British racing’s most famous personalities as well as one of the industry's most respected trainers.

Sir Henry Cecil with leading jockey Richard Hughes in 2011. Credit: PA

He won 25 British Classics, including the Derby on four occasions and had no fewer than 73 Royal Ascot victories to his name.

Following the traditional pre-racing procession down the course, which will be headed by the Queen, a minute’s silence will be held in honour of Cecil.

Queen to attend annual Royal Ascot without Duke

The Queen will attend one of the highlights of the racing calendar today, the Royal Ascot, without the Duke of Edinburgh - who is recovering after exploratory abdominal surgery.

The world-famous annual meet is as much a social event as an important sporting fixture and it attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers in the world.

The Queen will start off the festivities at Ascot today. Credit: PA

The Queen's horse Estimate will run in the Gold Cup on Thursday and is a favourite with some bookmakers.

She will start off the festivities today by taking part in the traditional carriage procession along the course.

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