Women wore beautiful dresses at the racecourse (Image: PA)

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Thousands of dressed-up racing fans flocked to Epsom Downs Racecourse for Derby Day this afternoon.

Women wore beautiful dresses alongside suited and booted men as they enjoyed temperatures of up to 23C at the Surrey racecourse.

The stunning weather is a welcomed change from the constant rain during Ladies Day on Friday which may have dampened some punters mood as they had to duck for cover.

Scores of women complemented their gorgeous frocks with high heels while some even donned face masks to match their colourful outfits.

Others wore eye-catching headwear with several oversized and flamboyant fascinators making an appearance at the racecourse.

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman with their son Eric
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X Factor's Simon Cowell was among the crowd after he arrived at the Epsom with his partner Lauren Silverman and their young son Eric.

The 61-year-old wore a fetching three-piece suit with a white waistcoat which he teamed up with dark sunglasses.

While Laura opted for a beautiful long white dress with a matching lace fascinator.

Love Island star turn racing pundit Chris Hughes also wore a smart three-piece suit.

The men are suited and booted
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A racegoer wearing a stunning fascinator
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Today marks the second day of this year's festival which has had to trim back its capacity to allow for social distancing and other Covid safety measures.

Only a quarter of the usual number of spectators are allowed and the famous Hill where thousands of people would normally stand to watch the race will be closed.

Though mixing is allowed as England eases out of lockdown, indoor hospitality venues will still enforce the rule of six and masks must be worn when people are not eating or drinking.

Racegoers arriving at Epsom
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The Queen has decided not to attend today's meeting which is only the fourth time in 75 years she has missed the Epsom Derby.

Her Majesty missed Epsom last year when it was held behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

The only other times the Queen has not been able to attend were in 1984, when she was in France for the 40th anniversary of D-Day, and in 1956, when she made a state visit to Sweden.

Today marks the second day of this year's festival
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Instead the recently widowed 95-year-old will watch the races and cheer on her chosen horses from Windsor Castle, the Telegraph reports.

According to a royal source, the Queen thinks it will not be a "traditional Derby day" this year because of the Covid restrictions.

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They told the paper: "It's a Derby, but it's not a traditional Derby day.

"It's not going to be what it normally is so the Queen has decided she would rather watch it at home."

Scores of women complemented their gorgeous frocks with beautiful headwear
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It's thought the monarch may also choose to do the same for Royal Ascot this year, although it's been hinted that she might attend on specific days if one of her own horses is running.

Jockeys are set to line up for the main race – the Cazoo Derby – at 4.30pm.

Bolshoi Ballet has been named as the potential winner of the Derby, according to tipster Templegate.

One lucky punter scooped £1 million from a bet on a race at the Cazoo Derby Festival on Friday.