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Summary

  1. The going was soft today after a night of rain
  2. Torrential downpours greeted racegoers
  3. Gates opened at the Berkshire racecourse at 10:30 on Tuesday 14 June
  4. Tepin won the Queen Anne Stakes and became the first non-European mare to win the opening race

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By Alex Regan and Tim Dellor

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Alex Regan

South Online

We're signing off at Berkshire for today, but you can catch all the latest results from the equestrian fanatics that are BBC Sport

Rest assured, we'll have plenty more wacky hats, weird facts, and - if the forecast is to be believed - appalling weather from Royal Ascot tomorrow. 

Ryan Moore celebrates a win in the Coventry Stakes

'You don't need an alarm clock for Royal Ascot'

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

If you ever want to hear how much Royal Ascot means to the racing world, look no further than Clive Cox.

The Lambourn-based trainer runs the well fancied 'Profitable' in the 3:40 King's Stand Stakes. He told Ady Williams that the event is "precisely what people come into racing to enjoy."

No need for a wake-up call for him tomorrow, then.

Lambourn-based trainer Clive Cox lauds Royal Ascot as the event all trainers train for.

Racegoers brave rain at first day of event

Sarah Lee

South Online

Rain-soaked racegoers have braved bad weather on the first day of this year's Royal Ascot meeting.

Umbrellas were handed to many of the guests at the event - with others compromising their fancy attire with rain ponchos.

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More than 30mm of rain has fallen at the course since Friday. The ground was officially described as soft after another 4mm of rain fell overnight.  

Caravaggio wins Coventry Stakes

Caravaggio has won the 3.05 Coventry Stakes, he was tracking the leaders, thrust past and gained a considerable lead in the last half of the race. 

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It's a record eighth win for trainer Aiden O'Brien at Royal Ascot.   

Coventry Stakes has just begun

Alex Regan

South Online

The Group 2 Coventry Stakes has begun five minutes. 

Listen to Berkshire's coverage online, Psychedelic Funk is the BBC's top tip.  

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Armed police in full force at Royal Ascot

At least 200 police, including armed officers, are currently at Royal Ascot. 

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But earlier this morning, Superintendent Jim Weems from Thames Valley Police said it was normal for sports events like this to be heavily policed.   

Tepin wins, but who came second? And third, for that matter

The equestrian fanatics at BBC Sport are providing race results and analysis throughout the day, here's their latest nugget from the 2.30 Queen Anne Stakes

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Tepin wins Queen Anne Stakes

Alex Regan

South Online

Tepin has won the 2.30 Queen Anne Stakes, it is the first time an American horse has won the first race of Royal Ascot.

This could be a potential upset after The Pacemaker went ahead early in the race. 

Kodi Bear, Radio Four's tip, not even in the top-three. 

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In pictures: Queen's arrival at day one of Royal Ascot

The rain broke just in time as the Queen arrived, slightly late, at about 14:15 BST for the Royal Procession at Ascot. 

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Her Majesty was joined by Prince Phillip, Prince Harry, and Prince Andrew the Duke of York in the first carriage.   

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The Prince Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in the second carriage.  

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What are Radio Four's tips for today's Ascot?

Unsurprisingly, the Today Programme's tips for the day came from Royal Ascot this morning. 

The first is the swiftly approaching 2.30 Queen Anne's Stakes, where Radio Four have picked Cody Bear. 

The second is Battaash in the 5.35 Windsor Castle Stakes.

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It almost rained on the parade

Luckily the rain has ceased for the Queen's arrival in the Royal procession.

Minutes before however, the rain was bucketing down on all of Ascot's punters.

It was quite a shock for BBC Radio Berkshire's Tim Dellor and Bill Buckley, who could barely hear themselves over the sound of the pounding rain.

One brolley wasn't anywhere near enough.

'Ascot well and truly underway'

Queen has arrived in Royal Procession at Ascot

Speculation on what Her Majesty is wearing can be put to rest. It's not salmon pink, it's not blueberry purple, it's yellow. But is it mustard yellow?

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Weather update: Unforgiving but may let up this afternoon

Much to the chagrin of racegoers, the meteorologists were right and rain has been pouring since Royal Ascot opened at 10:00 BST. 

The St James's Palace Stakes is the most likely to be dry at 16:20 BST but rain is expected to continue for the Royal Procession at 14:15 BST. 

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The soft ground makes for hard work

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

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"The gates opened at the very same moment as the heavens. Royal Ascot is planned for every eventuality, so out scurried the umbrella people. The ground is officially soft. 

"Clerk of the course Chris Stickles was as bedraggled as the rest of us when he explained 5mm had fallen 30 minutes. It won't please many owners or trainers. 

"They are all here for three Group 1 races which get underway at 2.30pm. 

"Her Majesty arrives in the royal procession at 2pm. That goes ahead, despite it being muddy work for the four Windsor Greys, pulling her carriage."

Travel update: Traffic eases around Ascot

Traffic has begun to ease around Royal Ascot after the one-way system was lifted at midday. 

Staff at Royal Ascot have said that car parks are also "holding up well". 

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Fashionistas beware

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

Royal Ascot is renowned as a place of fabulous fashion and there is no better man to judge it than Gok Wan who has just arrived at the event.

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There's one hell of a frame on those glasses Gok.    

Josephine and her technicoloured dream hat

Alex Regan

South Online

Royal Ascot is a chance for the flamboyant and creative to go wild with weird and wonderful dresses and, most importantly, hats. 

But I'm not even sure Liberace's milliner could have created something as garish as this. 

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Ascot waits in anticipation for Queen's arrival

One of the most famous sights of Royal Ascot will take place in just under an hour.

The Royal Procession, where the Queen rides past the Ascot Grandstand in a golden chariot, will begin at 1415 BST.

Sports editor Tim Dellor talks us through the route she will be taking.

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No-one can get away from the EU Referendum

For some people, a day at the races is a reason to get away from the doldrums of political discourse, namely the never-ending EU Referendum.

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But even Royal Enclosure members can't escape it, after two women turned up for the Brexit and remain campaigns.  

Queen's 'deeply touched' by Royal Ascot tribute

Her Majesty has said she us "deeply touched" after Royal Ascot has renamed the race meets feature event The Gold Cup, in celebration of her 90th birthday. 

Queen Elizabeth first visited the race course aged 19, and has since fallen in love with the event and won 23 races with her horses. 

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How a 'rotund' monarch discovered Ascot

The Queen is well-known for her love of Royal Ascot, having supported the event for more than 60 years.

However, you may not know that the relationship between the Monarchy and the racecourse has lasted for hundreds of years.

As historian Sean Magee explains, it goes back to 1711, when a chariot-bound Queen Anne spotted a clearing that she thought looked ideal for racing.

If you so wish, you can read more on this subject on the BBC News Website.

Two hours until race time!

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

Royal Ascot will begin, as it always has, with the Queen Anne Stakes at 14:30 BST.

After that, there will be 29 action packed races that will be sure to whet your appetite.

BBC Sport have got the full schedule here.

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What day is it?

Sometimes sports editor Tim Dellor can be a bit absent-minded and can't even remember what day of the week it is. Sometimes he'll pretend to be forgetful in a ruse to flirt shamelessly. Thankfully this troupe of colourfully-dressed ladies were able to help him, in both capacities. 

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Fishy stats from Royal Ascot

Alex Regan

South Online

Have you ever wondered how many prawns are sauteed at the Royal Enclosure's champagne bar? Do you have sleepless nights pondering the amount of crab meat added to spinach salads? 

Well, have no fear, fish and crustation-related Royal Ascot stats are here.

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It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it

Reluctant sports editor Tim Dellor hunkers down in the Queen Anne enclosure, with a great view of the track and the bucolic Berkshire countryside. Those clouds do look ominous though. 

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Is this the eye of the hurricane?

The good people at Ascot has said the downpour has eased, but is there more to come? 

BBC Weather's forecast predicts continued rainfall until 15:00, when it should clear up in time for the 3.05 Coventry Stakes.

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Racegoers jolly in their brollies

It wouldn't be a British summer event without a rain shower. The wet weather hasn't dampened the spirits of punters though. 

They are pouring into the racecourse themselves with a typical 'stiff upper lip' attitude, but they do so with umbrellas and coats, rather than sun tan lotion and sunglasses like they would have hoped.

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Up-to hour-long delays getting into Ascot

The one-way system is already in place and is causing predictable queues of up-to an hour for some. 

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There's about a 15-minute delay from traffic coming Bracknell and Bagshot, and 60 minutes from the A30 coming in from Sunninghill.   

Who's our favourite for a flutter?

Can Ryan Moore - the jockey who won nine races last year - begin his first day at Ascot with a win? Who's the favourite in the St James' Palace Stakes? 

BBC Berkshire's Tim Dellor spoke to racing pundit Sasha Hooper about her personal choices for today's race meet.   

'That bonnet's gonna be sodden by the Windsor Stakes'

Alex Regan

South Online

As expected, the heavens have opened and sartorial elegance has been dealt a blow by heavy rainfall. 

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Some women are regretting not bringing a waterproof jacket. 

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While others are relishing the typical British summer weather. 

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'Can all ladies please remove their headdresses before crossing carriages?'

Royal Ascot is such a big event for people outside of Berkshire that a special train service, called the Ascot Express, is run between Waterloo and the racecourse. 

Ascot Express
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Is that a Windsor knot? At Ascot! Surely not?

BBC Berkshire's sports correspondent and former Reading FC player Ady Williams has arrived to Royal Ascot all suited and booted, luckily no rain on his lapel. 

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Seven non-runners so far at today's Royal Ascot

The grounds have only just opened, but there are already seven non-runners for today's meet, including bookies favourite Goldream for the 3.40 King's Stand Stakes.

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A truly royal occassion

As the name indicates, Royal Ascot is a rather regal affair. Many members of the Royal family, including the Queen, attend the event every year. 

Her Majesty and Prince Phillip always enter the parade ground by horse and carriage at 14:09 BST before the first race of the day at 14:30 BST. 

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Up to 10-minute delays around Ascot

Rory McAllister

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

The single-lane road closure is now in force in Ascot and will be in place until midday. 

There are currently 10 and 15 minute delays on all approaches towards the race ground, and traffic is beginning to build around Ascot.

Bear in mind that the one-way system around the racecourse is clockwise, and will be anti-clockwise once the racing for the day ends.

What time is it? Wine O'Clock!

Horses First Racing's Eamonn Wilmott isn't letting the light rainfall dampen his spirits (excuse the jarring cliche), as he prepares to top up a load of champagne flutes. It's a bit early for us, but after The Windsor Stakes we'll be happy to join you Eamonn!

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First blots of rain seen in Berkshire

The Royal Ascot Twiter account as alerted us of the first light shower at the Berkshire racecourse, but we're hopeful it won't last too long, though the British summer is a cruel and unforgiving mistress. 

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Queen hopes to get 23rd win at Ascot this year

BBC Sport

The Queen hopes to get her 23rd win at Royal Ascot this year, after Estimate won the Gold Cup with jockey Ryan Moore in 2013.

Her Majesty has six horses in the running and is expected to attend every day of the race meet.  

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BBC Sport has written a comprehensive story of what to expect from the first day at the racecourse.