Royal Ascot: Kate Middleton and Prince William join King Charles at the races – live updates



The Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to be among the guests on day four of Royal Ascot.

Prince William and Kate will present the trophy to the winner of the Coronation Cup stakes, according to the racecourse’s programme.

The Duchess of Edinburgh and King Charles will also present trophies, along with ex-Strictly star Oti Mabuse, former footballer Rio Ferdinand and retired track and field athlete Steve Cram.

Their outing comes just days after William celebrated his 41st birthday, with King Charles leading the birthday tributes to his eldest son and heir.

The Prince and Princess were not among the royals to attend the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday, with both carrying out public engagements.

Kate, wearing a Self Portrait blazer dress, reopened the National Portrait Gallery in London, while William surprised the Lionesses with a trip to St George’s Park, to present England head coach, Sarina Wiegman, with her CBE in person.

 Timothy Vesterberg (L) and Flora Vesterberg, Royal Ascot© Getty
Flora Vesterberg and her husband, Timothy

Among the first to arrive at the racecourse was Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter, Flora Vesterberg, and her husband, Timothy. The art historian and creator, 28, looked lovely in chiffon and lace ensemble. 

Who is riding in the carriage procession today?

1st Carriage

The King, The Queen, and The Duke of Devonshire and Duchess of Devonshire 

2nd Carriage 

The Prince and Princess of Wales, and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

3rd Carriage

The Duchess of Edinburgh, The Earl of Caledon and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent 

4th Carriage 

Dame Judi Dench, David Mills, and William and Sarah Farish

The King and Queen’s first Royal Ascot winner

King Charles III and Queen Camilla celebrate after the King's horse, Desert Hero wins at Ascot© Getty
Charles and Camilla celebrate after the King’s horse, Desert Hero wins at Ascot

Charles appeared to shed tears when he saw his first Royal Ascot winner triumph on Thursday. 

The King and Queen looked emotional as they watched their horse, a thoroughbred called Desert Hero, race to victory in the King George V stakes.

The King’s niece, Zara Tindall, who joined him in the royal box, said of her uncle’s win: “It’s bittersweet, isn’t it? I think how proud and excited our grandmother, the Queen, would have been. But to have a winner for Charles and Camilla, and keep that dream alive, was incredible, what a race!” 

See what else the equestrian had to say in the clip below…

WATCH: Zara Tindall pays tribute to late grandmother the Queen at Royal Ascot

A cheeky kiss for Queen Camilla

Frankie Dettori kisses Queen Camilla© Getty
Frankie Dettori plants a kiss on Camilla’s cheek

As the King and Queen presented racing champion Frankie Dettori with his trophy for his ninth Gold Cup win, the jockey planted a kiss on Camilla’s cheek, much to her delighted expression!

Best Royal Ascot style

Zara Tindall Ladies Day Royal Ascot© Shutterstock
Zara in a lace dress on Day 3

HELLO!‘s fashion team has been sharing all of the best looks from the glamorous racecourse this week, with Zara wowing in three elegant outfits so far this week.

The ever-thrifty Princess Anne, 72, sported a dress she first wore when she was 27. Big points for sustainability.

And Queen Camilla has paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II with her choice of accessories for her appearances.




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