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Disclaimer bids to honour Sir Henry Cecil at Royal Ascot

Disclaimer (left) is trained by Sir Henry's widow Lady Cecil. Credit: PA Wire

The Queen's Vase could prove an emotional race at Royal Ascot later today if Disclaimer wins.

Following the death of Sir Henry Cecil last week, this year's renewal is being run in memory of the man who trained more Royal Ascot winners than anybody else, with his record standing at 75.

Disclaimer is trained by Sir Henry's widow Lady Cecil who has taken out a temporary licence to keep the stable running.

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Queen congratulates jockey after Gold Cup win

Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup ridden by jockey Ryan Moore (left) during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Press Association
Queen Elizabeth II with winning jockey Ryan Moore, after winning the Gold Cup during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Estimate, ridden by Ryan Moore after winning The Gold Cup during day three of the Royal Ascot Credit: John Walton/Press Association Images

Queen arrives at Royal Ascot for Ladies' Day

The Queen has arrived at Royal Ascot ahead of the Gold Cup which is due to take place at 3.45 pm today.

Queen Elizabeth II during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

The Queen will be hoping her horse Estimate repeats its achievement from twelve months ago and triumphs in the race.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Autumn Phillips for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Having been tipped to wear pink to the annual event, the Queen instead chose a purple hat.

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Racegoers turn out for Ladies' Day

Racegoers have flocked to Royal Ascot as Ladies' Day kicked off with the usual array of flamboyant hats and dresses.

Racegoer Larisa Katz during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

The annual event is renowned for its display of the latest hat trends and this year's guests did not disappoint.

Racegoer Polly Pearce from Hampshire during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

Racegoers' extravagance does not stop at hats with over over 51,500 bottles of Champagne, 35,000 spears of Asparagus and 2,050 kg of fresh lobster consumed last year.

Beverley Midgley-McDonald arrives during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Mimi Theobald arrives for Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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.

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
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