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Friday 28 November 2014

In pictures: Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot 2013

Queen makes sporting history as first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's Gold Cup, while Britain's golden girl Victoria Pendleton plays dress up

Racegoers eat ice creams as they leave the course after day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.  Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoers eat ice creams as they leave the course after day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A racegoer looks on during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
A female racegoer enjoys the atmosphere during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A racegoer looks on during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers look on during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A racegoer looks on during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II holds the Gold Cup and Prince Andrew, Duke of York after Ryan Moore riding Estimate won The Gold Cup during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie cheer as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II horse, Estimate, wins the Gold Cup on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II talks with Jockey Ryan Moore after the Queen's horse Estimate won The Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Female racegoers enjoy the atmosphere during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A racegoer looks on during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers travel by train from Waterloo station to Ascot racecourse to attend Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in London, England. The 'Royal Ascot' horse race meeting runs from June 18, 2013 until June 22, 2013 and has taken place since 1711. The racecourse is expected to welcome around 280,000 racegoers over the five days, including Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers study the racecard on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Victoria Pendleton attends Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A racegoer leaves Ascot station to attend Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. The 'Royal Ascot' horse race meeting runs from June 18, 2013 until June 22, 2013 and has taken place since 1711. The racecourse is expected to welcome around 280,000 racegoers over the five days, including Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A racegoer looks on during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers travel by train from Waterloo station to Ascot racecourse to attend Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in London, England. The 'Royal Ascot' horse race meeting runs from June 18, 2013 until June 22, 2013 and has taken place since 1711. The racecourse is expected to welcome around 280,000 racegoers over the five days, including Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Mary Berry attends Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Racegoers arrive on the train for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
A racegoer enjoys the atmosphere during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A racegoer smiles as she leaves at the end of day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. John Walton/PA Wire
Racegoers leave the course after day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoers leave the course after day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A female racegoer enjoys the atmosphere during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Hat designer Tracy Rose during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Victoria Pendleton during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Mimi Theobald arrives for Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke arrives for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Joely Chilcott arrives with a Red Arrows themed hat for Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Constance Peach arrives for Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Racegoer Steph Gillam from Wirral during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoers Mimi Theobald and her husband Douglas from Inverness during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoer Coryn Price from Wales during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoer Theres Ropposch-Greimel (centre) during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Wei Lin from Taiwan on Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. John Walton/PA Wire
The Tootsie Rollers during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoer Polly Pearce from Hampshire during Ladies' Day of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoer Steph Gillam from Wirral during Ladies' Day on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoer Louise Black from Leicester during Ladies' Day on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoer Verity Richardson from London during Ladies' Day on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Racegoers arrive for the start of the day during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. John Walton/PA Wire
Racegoers arrive on the train for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Racegoers arrive on the train for day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Beverley Midgley-McDonald arrives during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. John Walton/PA Wire
Milliner Aurora Ozma arrives during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. John Walton/PA Wire
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Race goers attend Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Golfer Sam Torrance presents owner Khalid Abdullah with a trophy after winning the Tercentary Stakes during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Remote ridden by jockey William Buick wins the Tercentenary Stakes during day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: A general view of a betting display for the Royal baby during Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Francesca Hull attends Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Pixie Lott attends Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers look on on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Victoria Pendleton attends Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A guide dog is seen wearing a hat on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers pose during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers in the Winning Post Gazebos during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers in the Winning Post Gazebos during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II, Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and Prince Andrew, Duke of York during the Royal Procession on Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers carry hampers to Ascot racecourse to attend Royal Ascot on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. The 'Royal Ascot' horse race meeting runs from June 18, 2013 until June 22, 2013 and has taken place since 1711. The racecourse is expected to welcome around 280,000 racegoers over the five days, including Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers look on on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II congratulates her horse Estimate following Gold Cup win on Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II is presented The Gold Cup by Prince Andrew, Duke of York after her horse "Estimate" won during Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Race goers attend Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Race goers attend Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20:Queen Elizabeth II is congratulated by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Ryan Moore after winning The Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Ryan Moore riding Estimate wins the Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Hayley Turner riding You Da One looks on in the Britannia Stakes on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Frankie Dettori riding Jalaa in the Britannia Stakes on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Connections to W J Lee and Roca Tumu celebrate the win in the Britannia Stakes on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A general view of racegoers during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Lady Cecil reacts after Tom Queally riding Riposte wins the Ribblesdale Stakes on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Race goers attend Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Race goers attend Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Tom Queally riding Riposte pose in the winners enclousre after the Ribblesdale Stakes on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Princess Beatrice, who presented The King George V Stakes Cup to Julia and Jon Aisbitt, owners of Elidor, ridden by Martin Harley and trainer Mick Channon on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Princess Beatrice ahead of presenting The King George V Stakes as she attends Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II after winning The Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers look on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Runners go past the grandstand in the King George V Stakes on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II after winning The Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Jockey Ryan Moore after Estimate with the Gold Cup in the winners enclousre on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne in the Parade ring ahead of the Gold Cup on Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers look out from the Royal Enclousre on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers enjoy the atmosphere as they attend Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers enjoy the atmosphere as they attend Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Racegoers watch horses walk the parade ring on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she attends Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II with jockey Ryan Moore as they celebrate winning The Gold Cup during Ladies' Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: A detailed view of the brushed hair on a horse on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Trainer Sir Michael Stout looks on during Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Princess Beatrice looks on as she attends Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Runners on the straight mile in the King George V Stake on Ladies' Day during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

The Queen stole the show on Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot 2013 - but female racegoers did not fail in their bid to grab the attention of photographers.

While Her Majesty beamed as her thoroughbred filly Estimate finished first in the Gold Cup, the racecourse was again a sea of colourful and outlandish hats.

Two fashion students wore creative headpieces, with one inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's impending baby and the other by the Forces charity Help For Heroes.

Gabriele Dirvanauskas's hat featured nappies and gold-coloured rattles, bottles and dummies topped off with a small crown.

The 23-year-old said: "I was working on this three hours a night for a week. I'm very excited by the royal baby and I hope it's a girl."

Her friend, Joely Chilcott, 24, wore a hat that featured three jets from the Red Arrows streaking off into the heavens and the Help For Heroes emblem.

She said: "I just wanted to show my support on Ladies' Day in light of recent events."

There was also the rare sight of a guide dog wearing a tiny Mexican hat decorated with colourful ribbons.

Zoey, a five-year-old Labrador-retriever cross, was guiding her blind owner, David Adams, who was with his wife, Judith.

Mr Adams, 68, joked: "It says in the rules that ladies have to wear a hat so we made sure she had one, but she doesn't wear it when she's working."

Victoria Pendleton, Britain's golden girl of track cycling, described her delight at wearing feminine clothes as she enjoyed the atmosphere at Royal Ascot.

She said: "I love dressing up and wearing a dress. It's a whole new world for me to wear heels and a frock."

The sportswoman brought a glittering career in bike racing to a close at London 2012 by retiring after winning a keirin gold and sprint silver last summer.

She wore a red hat featuring a rose by royal milliner Philip Treacy and a poppy print dress by Paul Smith.

Entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth, who is a regular at Royal Ascot with his wife, Wilnelia, said: "We come every year, it's one of the few days we get to go out together.

"But it's a great day out - you can dress up and enjoy yourself."

Other famous faces at the racecourse were doyenne of baking Mary Berry and singer Pixie Lott.

Queen ecstatic at Gold Cup victory

The Queen made sporting history today when she became the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's Gold Cup - and described the experience as a very big thrill.

With a clap of her hands and a beaming smile, she celebrated the moment her thoroughbred filly Estimate finished first, as her family jumped for joy behind her in the royal box.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie had joined their grandmother for a day at the races and could not contain their excitement during the dramatic finish.

The Queen's smile lasted long after her horse crossed the finish line and she was still beaming when she joined jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the winners' enclosure for the trophy presentation.

Today's victory is the Queen's biggest win since her horse Dunfermline ridden by jockey Willie Carson won the classic races - the Oaks and St Leger - in her Silver Jubilee year 1977.

Sir Michael said the Queen greatly appreciated the victory: "It's a special thrill to win this race for the Queen and it will have given her enormous pleasure - she really loves this game and it's a great recreation for her.

"She told me it was a very big thrill and thanked everybody involved."

The Queen has been a passionate horse owner and breeder for much of her 61-year reign and even whiled away her 87th birthday in April, at the yard of a west country trainer, casting her eye over thoroughbreds.

Her horses have also won four out of the five flat racing classics - the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger - with only the Derby eluding her.

Estimate's victory was the first time a reigning monarch has won the Gold Cup in its 207-year history.

The Queen was hoping her horse would surpass its achievements of last year when she won the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

But Estimate lived up to her billing as pre-start favourite and, as the race over 4,000 metres drew to a close, she made her way from the middle of the pack, took on the front runners and beat them to the line.

The victory is an added boost for the Queen, who has been attending the famous annual meet this week without the Duke of Edinburgh, who is convalescing at Windsor Castle after exploratory abdominal surgery.

Still wearing the Queen's racing silks of purple and scarlet with gold braiding, jockey Moore said of Estimate, the 7-2 favourite: "She won well, and to do it for the Queen is fantastic.

"To win the Gold Cup in her colours is exceptional."

The Queen was scheduled to hand out the winning trophies for the Gold Cup but the Duke of York, part of the royal party, stepped in to do the duties.

Prime Minister David Cameron also praised the Queen's win in a tweet: "Huge congratulations to Her Majesty for Estimate's victory at Royal Ascot - first time ever a reigning monarch's horse has won the Gold Cup."

William Hill said it was left reeling after the win as it had paid out £1.5 million to punters who backed Estimate.

The bookmaker said odds for the Queen's horse were 7-1 this morning before shortening to 5-1, while at Royal Ascot it was also the favourite with odds of 7-2.

A spokeswoman said: "This was a true patriotic punt on the Queen's runner Estimate, and her victory has handed us a stinging £1.5 million payout.

"Her Majesty is flying the flag for British bettors today."

Despite scooping £155,960 in prize money as the owner, the Queen will not have made anything from a small wager as she does not bet.

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