2017/06/21 – Out of the blue! Queen is all smiles as she arrives for Royal Ascot in yellow outfit after dash from Parliament
The Queen was all smiles as she arrived at Royal Ascot, after finishing her speech at the State Opening of Parliament today. She wore a cheerful blue-and-yellow hat as she read out the Queen’s Speech next to Prince Charles, as the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital. Some were worried that she would not be able to enjoy Ascot due to the date of the Queen’s Speech, but she arrived in good time. Her Majesty sat next to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and they both grinned as they wheeled into the event on a horse-drawn carriage. After earlier wearing a blue hat, which some said looked like the EU flag, for the speech, The Queen changed into a bright yellow combination for Ascot. Her Majesty was free to enjoy her day out after she finished valiantly ploughing through Theresa May’s nine-minute speech dominated by Brexit-related Bills as the Government seeks to forge “a deep and special partnership with European allies”. Terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, were also part of the speech as the Queen read out promises for tougher measures to tackle terrorism and a public inquiry into the blaze. Once the speech had been read, the Prime Minister over-zealously joined officials from both Houses in bowing to the Queen, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and others remained upstanding. Ascot’s daily list of royal attendees has the Queen riding in the first carriage with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the monarch’s former private secretary, Lord Fellowes. Buckingham Palace said earlier today that the Queen was still heading to the second day of racing at the Berkshire course despite the Duke of Edinburgh being in hospital. Philip was admitted on Tuesday evening as a “precautionary measure” for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. “Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon,” a Palace spokesman said. The race-going Queen particularly looks forward to attending five full days of action at the Berkshire course each June.