Royal Ascot revellers get Friday off to a fabulous start

Royal Ascot revellers get Friday off to a fabulous start

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The weekend is already in full swing at Royal Ascot as high spirited revellers enjoy a fourth day of festivities in the sun. 

Revellers dressed to the nines in their finest frocks, sharpest suits and most fabulous hats posed for the cameras as they descended on the Berkshire racecourse this morning. 

While many women plumped for demure sundresses for the occasion, others donned daring frocks complete with plunging necklines and thigh-skimming hems.  

Unsurprisingly, statement headpieces were the order of the day for many, with a Union Jack made from faux flowers and a flutter of neon pink butterflies both on show.

Among the early arrivals was actor Chris Quinten, 61, who arrived hand-in-hand with his glamorous fiancée Robyn Delabarre, 21, who stunned in a fitted white frock.   

Party girls! A group of friends dressed in summer frocks strike a pose as they get ready for a day of fun at Royal Ascot today

All out glamour: Chris Quentin and girlfriend Robyn Delabarre, left. Pictured right, a reveller in a daring lace gown

Royal wave! The Queen greeted well wishers as she arrived for Royal Ascot in the traditional carriage procession 

Showing her respect: Sarah Ferguson (left) curtsied deeply (right) as the Queen passed in her carriage (right) 

Perfectly civilised! These Royal Ascot picnickers thought to bring their own bunting to string across the car boot

Starry guest list: Demi Moore (left), Saffron Barker (centre) and Charlotte Hawkins (right) were both in attendance for the fourth day of Royal Ascot

A bit of all white! PR guru Kara Goodley, Lottie Moss and a brunette reveller all opted for white ensembles for the day

Cheers to that! These well dressed racegoers enjoyed a glass of fizz before making their way inside for the races 

Fun and frolics! Two got into the Friday feeling with a bottle of rose and can of Pimm’s, left. Right, friends strike a pose

Great British Summertime: From their deck chairs to their ice-cold bubbles, these racegoers came well prepared for the day 

Best foot forward: Despite the grass, racegoers still stepped out in heels as they joined in the fun at Royal Ascot today

Final touches: It was time for a make-up touch up for this group of women as they arrived at Royal Ascot this morning

With the clue in the name, Royal Ascot is hugely popular with the monarchy and Her Majesty has attended every year since ascending the throne.

The Queen looked radiant in bright pink as she arrived in the traditional carriage procession. 

The Duchess of York is also in attendance and curtsied deeply as Her Majesty’s carriage drove past. 

Yesterday the monarch, 93, took in the action alongside several members of the Royal Family including Princess Eugenie, Zara Phillips and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. 

The Queen broke with her typical brightly coloured outfits with a pale grey ensemble yesterday – now royal watchers are eagerly waiting to see what she steps out in today. 

Ex-Corrie star Chris Quinten celebrates a win at Ascot – and plants an elated kiss on his stunning fiancée Robyn Delabarre’s cheek

(From left to right) Pippa Bennett-Warner, Victoria Pendleton and a guest hit the Champers as they decide on which horse to place their bets

Demi Moore looks very involved in the races – and the fizz – as she watches the events unfold on the penultimate day of Royal Ascot

(L-R) James Midgley, Jenni Falconer, Zoe Cole and Brendan Cole in the Village Enclosure on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Looking good! Left to right: Jamie and Rebekah Vardy, James Midgley and Jenni Falconer, Chris Robshaw and Camilla Kerslake, AJ Odudu

Dennis Wise and Rebekah Vardy, dressed in a pale pink jumpsuit, were spotted as they cheered on the horses in the 2nd race – Day 4 of Royal Ascot

Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ali Omoshaybi watch the horses compete from their private suite in the Royal Enclosure (left) while Lottie Moss (right) films her favourite runner

Making an entrance! Milliner Ilda Di Vico, left, businesswoman Valerie Stark, centre, and racegoer Sarah Soulsby, right

Kicking up their heels! A group of glamorous women strike a playful pose as they get into the spirit of Royal Ascot

Having a ball! (l-r) Two well dressed Ascot racegoers, Harriadnie Beau, from London, and Amanda Knight, from Essex

Glorious in green: Presenter Nicki Chapman, left, looked elegant in lace. Right, racegoer Jenny Pacey, from London

Splash of colour: Pink, green, red, yellow, orange and blue outfits were all on show as revellers arrived at Royal Ascot today

Hats off to them! A dramatic rose headpiece, left, and one shaped like a fan, right, were both on show at Royal Ascot today

Rainbow dream: This group of glamorous women made a statement in their blue, orange and yellow Royal Ascot ensembles

Demure: A matching blazer and dress set, left, a floaty white and green dress, centre, and a pretty red and white look

Understated: Heather Dean, from Belfast, left, and Olivia Smales, from East Yorkshire, proved neutrals work as well as colour

Lads, lads, lads! A group of young men were ready to get the weekend started with beer, wine and bubbles all flowing

Bold and beautiful: A glamorous racegoer in all white, left. And Holly Jeffreys from Ashford, Kent, in striking yellow and black

Fun in the sun! It was clear skies as revellers arrived for the fourth day of events at Royal Ascot this morning

But for now all eyes are on the hundreds of racegoers making their entrance – with a full spectrum of race day style on show. 

Among the early arrivals was milliner Ilda Di Vico, who made a statement in a pleated neon pink frock and an extravagant headpiece adorned with butterflies.  

Meanwhile businesswoman Valerie Stark channeled one of Royal Ascot’s biggest style trends in a sharp, tailored suit and a turban-inspired hat.

This year racegoers have pushed the boundaries when it comes to fashion – with daring hemlines and thigh high slits both on show. 

A racegoer with an impressive Union Jack-inspired hat poses for a photo on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Left: Philip Treacy and Demi Moore added to the bright mood, left, while Demi was seen having an in depth chat in the box, right

Racegoers study the form during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Elsewhere three women with outlandish hats and an array of colourful dresses turned heads at the races

Retro glamour! The Tootsie Rollers singing group donned yet more fabulous frocks as they arrived for Royal Ascot today 

 Watch your step! Women held onto the handrails as they made their way down the stairs at Royal Ascot this morning

Flower power! Susie Brock (left) and Sharon Teague from Derbyshire turned heads in their stunning hats at Royal Ascot

Full on formal wear: Harriadnie Beau, from London, opted for a black tie ball gown for her outing to Royal Ascot today

David Suchet presents an award to winning jockey Ryan Moore after Japan won the King Edward VII Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot

Summer wardrobe: A gorgeous blue and white number; classic white lace; a chic skirt suit with a black waist belt

Here come the boys! A group of sharply dressed men arrive for the fourth day of Royal Ascot this morning

Racy in lace: This racegoer plumped for a gown with a plunging neckline and lace detailing for her Royal Ascot outing 

Quick check: Dressed in a vibrant orange frock, one racegoer asked her friend to give her the once over for stains

Out of this world! Sarah Soulsby, from London, showcased a galaxy inspired hat for the fourth day of Royal Ascot today

Classy affair: Hats, suits and demure summer dresses were all on show as racegoers made their way inside the course today

Others have kept it classic in demure summer frocks. Suits have also proved a popular trend for women. 

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed.

Up to 300,000 people were expected to descend on the event over the course of five days.

Fit for a royal! Royal Enclosure guests heads along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle as they make their way to Ascot

Here they come! A fanfare announced the arrival of this traditional horse drawn cart at Royal Ascot this morning

Best start to the day: A woman was seen enjoying a chilled glass in the carpark ahead of the start of Royal Ascot

Ready for their close up! Two glamorous women posed for a photo on their way into the fourth day of Royal Ascot

Getting ready for the day! This group get busy and set up their tent ahead of a morning of relaxation at Royal Ascot

Quiet moment: This couple enjoy some downtime ahead of a carpark picnic with friends at Royal Ascot this morning 

Attention to detail: Champagne on ice, a vase of flowers… now all he needs are guests! This gent was the ultimate Ascot host

Keeping up tradition: A small group of racegoers opted to arrive for Royal Ascot in a traditional horse drawn carriage

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