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Royal Ascot day one photos

Preparations at Ascot

The day starts early for the groundstaff at Ascot, making every aspect of the course and grounds look spectacular


And the press cameras start photographing the spectacular outfits long before the horses parade

Well-dressed couple at the parade ground

The meeting is a celebration of racing, wealth, tradition and fashion, with the parade ground as scrutinised as the finishing post

Women at Royal Ascot

With the sun shining on day one, many racegoers take the chance to dress in some colourful attire

The Queen at Royal Ascot

The Queen opts for a pink champagne ensemble as she makes her way down the course for the first day of the five-day meeting

Haradasun, ridden by Johnny Murtagh

Haradasun, who came to Aidan O'Brien's stable this year from Australia, wins the day's opening race the Queen Anne Stakes

Prince Charles is greeted by his niece Zara Phillips

An enthusiastic greeting for Prince Charles from his niece Zara Phillips who is wearing a beige straw hat and blouse with a black skirt.

Equiano wins the King's Stand Stakes under Olivier Peslier

Equiano (right) becomes the first Spanish-trained winner at the Royal meeting after taking the King's Stand Stakes

Johnny Murtagh powers home on Henrythenavigator

Henrythenavigator powers to victory in the St James's Palace Stakes to add to his dual Guineas wins

Jamie Spencer on Art Connoisseur

Art Connoisseur's win in the Coventry Stakes marks him out as a contender for next year's Guineas

see also
Henrythenavigator stars at Ascot
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Royal Ascot day one - as it happened
17 Jun 08 |  Horse Racing
Royal Ascot meeting schedule
12 Jun 08 |  Horse Racing
Horse racing on the BBC
19 May 08 |  Horse Racing
Quiz the racing team
17 Dec 04 |  Horse Racing

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