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Queen's horse dies after fall as racegoers dress up at Royal Ascot

Published 16/06/2016

More money will be wagered on the Queen's choice of hat
More money will be wagered on the Queen's choice of hat

The Queen's horse has died after tumbling in the last race at Royal Ascot.

Guy Fawkes, a three-year-old gelding trained by William Haggas, fell while running in the King George V Stakes on Thursday afternoon.

The Queen, who was watching the horse race for the first time at Ascot, is a passionate racehorse owner and will no doubt be saddened by the loss.

One of her horses, Capel Path, also fell last year in the Britannia Handicap.

Royal Ascot officials expressed their sympathies after the horse fractured its right foot and had to be put to sleep.

Jockey Pat Smullen escaped the fall unharmed.

The Queen arrived for Ladies' Day - one of the most colourful fixtures in the week - in the traditional royal procession.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the 90-year-old monarch trotted along the famous racecourse in an open-topped carriage.

She wore a striking orange hat and cobalt blue coat by Angela Kelly to join throngs of spectators who cheered as the carriage passed.

A delighted Queen earlier in the day presented The Gold Cup In Honour Of The Queen's 90th Birthday to the owners of Order of St George.

Scores of racegoers donned bold, bright - and some bizarre - outfits for the annual style spectacle.

But Sir Bruce Forsyth, who is a regular at Ladies' Day, was too frail to attend after an operation at the end of last year.

Lady Forsyth, who was wearing a yellow dress and jacket with a hat by Ilda Di Vico and was accompanied by her mother, said: "It's a very tiring day even when you're 100% well."

She said Sir Bruce, who has not been seen in public recently, was "still recuperating" and was at home watching the football.

Boris Becker's wife Lilly was also at the races, and said: "I like a little bit of betting. It's my third time here. I try to come with my husband but I normally come with my girls."

She said she was looking forward to seeing the Queen, who she hoped would one day give an honour to her tennis-playing husband.

Made In Chelsea star Ashley James was also at Royal Ascot, despite having concerns about the sport. "I have mixed feelings about the races," she said. "I find it a bit hard to watch it and I worry about the welfare of the horses."

However, the television star, who was wearing a striking black and red peplum dress, admitted: "It's a really nice day out and the fashion is great."

Television presenter Lizzie Cundy, a keen horse rider, said she would love to have been a jockey, but added: "I think I'm probably a bit heavy up top.

"It's not about the racing, it's the fashion. I absolutely love all the fashion."

Despite the effort made by the female racegoers for Ladies' Day - which attracted 64,000 spectators - many struggled to retain the glamour later in the afternoon.

Dozens of ladies ditched their heels in favour of flip flops or went barefooted as they watched the races from the trackside lawn which was scattered with empty jugs of Pimm's and discarded bottles of fizz and wine.

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