The Royal Procession is a timeless tradition unique to the Royal Ascot which dates all the way back to 1825 and the reign of King George IV.
Today crowds of spectators turn out to catch a glimpse of the monarch as she makes her way from Windsor Castle to the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.
At 2pm sharp on each day of racing, the Queen and her Royal Procession pass through the Golden Gates of the racecourse to signal the start of the races.
There was some concern bout the Queen’s attendance on the second day if the racing because the races clashed with the Queen’s Speech at the State oPening of Parliament.
But the Queen managed to deliver the Queen’ Speech and make it back in time to open the Royal Ascot.
The dashing monarch even managed to change her dress on her way to the racecourse, proving that no task is too daunting for the Queen.
But it is not the first time the two events have clashed, and the monarch is expected to still make it in time for the opening of the races.
In 2001 the Queen was driven to Windsor Castle from Westminster with a police escort after the State Opening of Parliament in the morning.
The Royal Procession passing through the Golden Gates is the key moment at Ascot, but in reality the procession begins at Windsor Castle itself.
Traditionally the monarch and her guests Travel in horse-drawn landaus, but yesterday the journey began in a fleet of state cars – before the Queen switched into her carriage halfway through.
This limousine procession was led by the Queen’s first state car, a 1950 Phantom Four in royal claret livery.
Communities from local towns and villages often set up picnics and gatherings along the route of the procession to see the Queen and her family.
The Queen and the Prince Philip, together with Prince Andrew the Duke of York and the Lord Samuel Vestey, had the honour of taking the first horse-drawn carriage.
Prince Philip and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, sat in the second carriage with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Kate and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat in the third carriage with Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.
The procession finished off with Princess Anne’s eldest son Peter Phillips and his wife, as well as the Lord and Lady Jane Fellowes.
But one of the most memorable Royal Processions took place in 2002, when the Queen was joined by 11 European royals guests for her Golden Jubilee.
Each day of the racing week will begin with this timeless tradition.
Once the Queen reaches the grandstand, a guards band plays the national anthem and the carriages end their journey in the parade ring.
The Queen and her family watch the races from the Royal Enclosure.
This year Royal Ascot opened with a minute’s silence across the racecourse, to commemorate the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Ascot Racecourse is also making a £100,000 donation to the British Red Cross UK Solidarity and the London Fire Relief Fund as a well as local charities.
Johnny Weatherby, Chairman of Ascot Racecourse, said: “We have all been deeply saddened by recent tragic events around the country.
“At the beginning of this important week for racing, we at Ascot Racecourse wish to pay our respects to the victims and offer support to the families who have been so terribly affected.”
Source : EXPRESS