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The Queen braved the rain and attended Royal Ascot for the first time this week after missing opening day for only the second time during her reign.

She was all smiles and waved to a large crowd which cheered and applauded her as she arrived at Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019.

The Queen, who has had two doses of a Covid vaccine, was in lime green clothing and a matching hat, and chose not to wear a face mask. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall both wore one earlier in the week.

Royal Ascot rules state face coverings are mandatory for spectators in all areas, unless eating or drinking, though they may not be needed in outdoor areas.

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The Queen meets her jockey Frankie Dettori in the Parade Ring before the first race
(Image: Tim Merry)

Usually a regular at the famous Berkshire meet, the Queen had been a no-show since it began on Tuesday.

She also missed last year’s race as it was held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, on Saturday the 95-year-old braved the grey weather to cheer on the four horses running in her colours of purple and gold.

She arrived at the Parade Ring in a beige car at 2pm to cheer on her horses Reach For The Moon, Tactical, Light Refrain and King’s Lynn.

The Queen arrives at Royal Ascot
(Image: Action Images via Reuters)

(Image: Action Images via Reuters)

The horses were scheduled to run in the Queen's colours – purple and gold – on Saturday, the fifth day of the meet, and the Queen was seen speaking to jockey Frankie Dettori in the Parade Ring before the first race.

A large police presence was in the area along with members of the Queen’s Guard.

Before she arrived, an announcement said: “Ladies and gentleman we are pleased to announce that Her Majesty the Queen will be arriving at the Parade Ring at 2pm.”

The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips was also seen arriving earlier in the day.

A number of horses are running in the 95-year-old monarch's colours on Saturday
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Crowds cheer and applause as the Queen arrives by car on day five of Royal Ascot
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The carriage procession that usually proceeds each day’s racing did not take place.

The Queen missed Ascot's opening day on Tuesday – only the second time this has happened in 69 years – and reportedly watched it live on TV at Windsor Castle.

She hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at her Berkshire castle that day as part of a busy month of activities following the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.

Other events have included a G7 reception in Cornwall, welcoming US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to Windsor Castle, and a mini Trooping the Colour parade.

The Queen and Philip, 99, had been shielding at the castle during the coronavirus pandemic, and she has continued to reside there following his death.

Last year's Royal Ascot took place without spectators due to the pandemic, and was the first time during the Queen's reign that she had missed opening day.

The Prince of Wales Duchess of Cornwall had so far led royal duties at this year's meet.

They attended opening day on Tuesday along with Princess Anne, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, ad Zara and Mika Tindall.

The national anthem played as the Queen attended Royal Ascot on Saturday
(Image: PA)

The Queen wasn't wearing a face mask as she arrived at the meet in Berkshire
(Image: Action Images via Reuters)

On Wednesday, Charles helped his wife to comply with Covid regulations when she struggled to put on her mask.

Charles and Camilla were in the parade ring at Royal Ascot when the heir to the throne’s extra pair of hands came in handy, and he hooked the strap of her mask around her left ear.

The prince and duchess had presented the winning prizes in the aptly named Prince of Wales’s Stakes, won by the thoroughbred Love, when they removed their masks briefly for a picture and Camilla struggled to put her mask back on.

In an interview with ITV Racing as Ascot got underway, Camilla described horse racing as the Queen’s “passion in life”.

The Queen, 95, was all smiles as she attended Royal Ascot for the first time since 2019
(Image: Tim Merry)

Charles helped Camilla with her mask as they attended the second day of the meet
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She said: “Well I think this is her passion in life and she loves it, and you can tell how much she loves it.

“She could tell you every horse she’s bred and owned from the very beginning – she doesn’t forget anything. I can hardly remember what I bred a year ago but she’s encyclopaedic about her knowledge.”

Asked about Royal Ascot the duchess replied: “Everybody who loves racing, it is the most special week, isn’t it?”

Meanwhile, on the betting front, Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said on Saturday: “The Queen’s runners are always popular and with King’s Lynn the favourite in the Wokingham Stakes, it will be the costliest result of the day.

“In the feature race (Diamond Jubilee), Art Power has been very strong all morning, while it seems everyone wants to be with Frankie Dettori (on Falcon Eight) in the last.”

Punters like to bet on the colour of the Queen’s hat and this year bookmakers had said the most popular predictions were blue and green due to the change in weather.