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Summary

  1. Pictures of the weird, quirky and wacky from day four of Royal Ascot
  2. Gates opened 10:30 BST on Friday 17 June 2016
  3. The 5.35 Queen's Vase trophy will be presented by Her Majesty

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan, Adam Whitty, Tim Dellor and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

Follow all the coverage on BBC Berkshire and BBC Sport

BBC Sport

The build-up to the Chesham Stakes at 14:30 BST is nearly over, but the equine lunatics at BBC Sport will be providing analysis and results throughout the day. 

Here's the line-up for the races today:

14.30 The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 6f

15.05 The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 1 ½m

15.40 The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 6f

16.20 The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 1m

17.00 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1 ½m

17.35 The Queen's Vase (Listed) 2m

Don't forget to listen to live commentary on BBC Berkshire

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Fancy a day at the races, my new bride?

A pair of racing lovers got married this morning. Where does one go for a reception? Ascot, of course. 

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Ascot fashion: What they wore back in the day

Although the formality at Royal Ascot has decreased as the years have gone by, one thing that has remained part of the fabric of Ascot is tradition, daring millinery and flamboyant dresses.

What do you think of these fashion choices? 

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1928: Four ladies parade in their 1920's Ascot frocks
Three women in 1970s dresses
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1971: Three young employees of a computer firm at Royal Ascot, wearing costumes to demonstrate the new look in computer keyboards
A man in top hat and tails with two women in silk dresses
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1921: Visitors to Ascot race course, dressed in their best
Gertrude Shilling in a huge apricot coloured dress with feather trim
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1969: At Ascot races Mrs Gertrude Shilling in an apricot coloured, feather trimmed out fit, which is completed by an enormous, matching, cartwheel hat

The Queen has arrived for the fourth day at Royal Ascot

Alex Regan

South Online

A little late for the fourth day at Royal Ascot but the Queen has arrived in fragrant pink. In the carriages she is joined by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and, of course, Prince Phillip. 

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Arriving in style for 191 years

The Queen arrives in the Royal Procession in 10 minutes time.

Between now and then, fill that gap in your life with a little video of the history of this tradition.

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Foppish fancy at the races

It's not every day you see an 18th-Century fop taking a selfie. But anything goes at Royal Ascot.

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How many bathtubs of champagne are drunk at Ascot?

Alex Regan

South Online

Is a question I've never asked. But thankfully we've done the maths and found out. Also, a metric tonne of clotted cream is consumed throughout the five days. 

Boozy facts
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Weather update: It's Britain, what do you expect!

Surprisingly, the weather seems to have held at Royal Ascot so far today, but expect some showers around 17:00 BST. 

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'There are heavy queues on the A30, a mare has done a whoopsie'

Alex Regan

South Online

People travel to Ascot in all manner of ways; car, train, limo, even helicopter. But only one group usually comes by horse and carriage. It seems that today the Queen's Royal Procession has been upstaged by this group of racegoers. 

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horse and carriage
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The Army has invaded Royal Ascot

It's all in good fun of course, they're enjoying a day at the races as part of Royal Ascot’s Armed Forces Day.

They get discounted tickets and some are helping racecourse staff as stewards.

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It looks like they had quite an easy job picking a hats for the day though.  

Armed forces Day 1
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Mustard yellow, pink latte, clementine orange, what next in the hat stakes?

Alex Regan

South Online

Fresian brown? Primativo maroon? What will the Queen be wearing on her crown today? Well the bookies have, once again, opted for purple and blue. I'm going for muscadet beige. 

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There's only an hour until Her Majesty arrives in an hour, get your bets in now [The British Broadcasting Corporation, in no way, condones - nor condemns - the practice of betting].   

Nearly hour-long delays getting into Ascot

BBC Travel

Traffic is still heavy around Ascot, with delays of up to 58 minutes at the Sunninghill turning, 26-minute delays coming from Bracknell and 10-minute delays coming from Windsor. 

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Meet Royal Ascot's youngest racegoer

You know what they say, start them young.

That's certainly the case for three-month-old Kobi, who has just arrived at Royal Ascot for some top-quality racing. BBC Radio Berkshire managed to grab a word with mum and dad.

Kobi clearly enjoyed his minute of fame, and the chance to speak to our sports editor Tim Dellor.

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Four arrested over the Royal Ascot race meet

Four people have been arrested over the first three days of Royal Ascot, according to Thames Valley Police. One was arrested on suspicion of theft by an employee. 

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A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: "Despite periodic bouts of heavy rain, the security operation at Ascot has so far passed off without major incident and approximately 129,000 race goers have been supported to and from the event without major delay."

Pictures from the races so-far

The gates at Ascot have been open for a couple of hours, here are some of the pictures of the cavalcade of revelry. 

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'I had to crouch down in the car'

Actress Anna Friel has arrived at Royal Ascot in, what can only be described as, a headpiece. It's sort of a bird-thingy, not really sure. But, as she told the Ascot Racecourse, it was quite a drive to the Berkshire race meet. 

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Friday night was builders night

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

Friday used to be known unofficially as "builders' day" BBC Berkshire presenter Ady Williams has just reminded us - when "Half of Reading's trades took the afternoon off".

I am too young to properly remember, but Friday was once upon a time also the last day of the event.   

Surprisingly, the youthful John McCririck remembers it very well.  

Racing pundit John McCririck tells us how The Queen added Saturday to the event

Security presence 'more visible' at Royal Ascot

Armed police maintain a visible presence today at Royal Ascot to "reassure" the public. 

Armed police at Royal Ascot
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Security searches at entrances and on-site sniffer dogs have featured throughout the five-day event and will continue tomorrow. 

Racehorse trainer's fitting tribute to mother-in-law

Lambourn-based trainer Jamie Osborne will pay a fitting tribute to his mother-in-law by bringing her urn to a picnic to celebrate his win yesterday in the Britannia Stakes.

Here's an article posted by Mr Osborne.  

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Follow the racing coverage at BBC Sport

We'll be bringing you all the celebrity and millery-related news, but if you want more information on what's coming up in the racing today, the good people at BBC Sport will fulfill all your equine needs

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You can also catch all the celebrity interviews on BBC Radio Berkshire

The first race of the day

Travel update: Changes to train services to Ascot

BBC Travel

Network Rail has just tweeted that there will be changes to train services to Ascot. They have advised to check train times before travelling. National Rail Enquiries has all the details you need.

Gates are officially open at Royal Ascot

It's 10:30 BST, and gates have officially opened at Royal Ascot. Not an umbrella in sight, although carrier bags might be required to protect those top hats. 

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Choppers ahoy

Rough ride for the bookies

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

Time to get the violins out.

It's been a desperate week for bookmakers at Royal Ascot, as 17 of the 18 winners have been among the favourites, making it hugely difficult for them to make money on bets.

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Not that anyone enjoys watching bookies suffer.

What colour was the Queen's hat in 1966?

Unfortunately we'll never know looking at this old footage, but at BBC Berkshire we're going to guess grey. The video below from British Pathe shows the incredible scenes of the young Queen Elizabeth II at the races with fellow royalty Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. 

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Radio Four had a winner! Can they do it two days in a row?

Alex Regan

South Online

Has the world turned on its axis? I can't believe it, Radio Four actually had a winner in yesterday's top tips. Order of St George stormed to victory in the Gold Cup, but Manson didn't even get in the top four in the 5.00 Britannia Stakes.  

Could they pick two winners today?

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This punter unfortunately put all her money on Manson

The Today Programme has opted for Choreographer in the 3.05 King Edward VII Stakes, and Quiet Reflection in the 3.40 Commonwealth Cup. 

Relatively dry before gates open on day four

An hour before the gates open to throngs of horse enthusiasts, Royal Ascot has tweeted some lovely pictures of the racecourse. 

It's looking dry at the moment, let's hope it stays that way. 

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The royal hats of choice

Alex Regan

South Online

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Bookies were sure that the Queen would opt for purple yesterday, but much to their chagrin she went for orange. 

Princess Beatrice
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Princess Beatrice went for a purple and orange boater. 

Princess Eugenie
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And Princess Eugenie went for a rather handsome white headpiece

More breaking Royal Family millery-related pictures as we get them.   

Brollies a must-have accessory for today's racing

Umbrellas will more than likely be required this afternoon. The good people at BBC Weather have looked at their tarot cards and tell us it's going to be heavy rainfall this afternoon. 

Umbrella
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Thor, the God of Thunder, gave Royal Ascot a right clattering yesterday afternoon. Lets hope racegoers' luck will improve today. 

We're building up to Saturday's finale

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

"Ladies Day stayed dry, and the feature winner, Order of St George lit up the occasion. Aiden O'Brien has a strangle hold when it comes to the centrepiece race. Order of St George was his 7th winner in The Gold Cup at Ascot.

"Today's group one is The Commonwealth Cup at 4:20.

Racegoers at Ascot
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"For those of us who do all five days at Royal Ascot, Friday is all about preserving energy, so you safely get to 6pm on Saturday. 

"Go too hard on Friday and it can be a long Saturday afternoon."

All quiet on the Western Front

In the words of Bjork, "it's all so quiet". But not for long.

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Feathered caps, edible dresses, and piano boaters at Ladies Day

Sarah Lee

South Online

If you missed the incredible headpieces at Royal Ascot yesterday, we have collated some of our favourite weird and wacky creations here

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The best of ladies day at Royal Ascot

Just two hours to go before the Royal Ascot gates will open at 10:30 BST and thousands of punters will flood into the racecourse.

To get you in the mood, here are some of the best bits of BBC Berkshire coverage of day three.

We look back at the best bits from Ladies Day at Royal Ascot.

It turns out the Royal Ascot catering team are rather big fans of quiche...

Soft under hoof

The wet stuff has been an unfortunate feature of Royal Ascot so far.

With all the rain this week the course and the racegoers are a little soggy.

So Ascot has confirmed the going will be soft once again today.

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Fifty shades of Blanc at the Royal Ascot restaurant

'Allo 'allo! Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc put on a feast for racegoers yesterday. 

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'Apologies for not consulting you on colours today, your Majesty'

Alex Regan

South Online

Ryan Moore - the jockey who won the Gold Cup - made a social faux pas yesterday when he came in matching colours to the Queen. Luckily, Her Majesty wore it better. 

Queen and Ryan Moore
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Travel update: Potential disruption after train derails

A derailed train at London Paddington is causing major disruption on the rail network this morning. Although trains to Ascot go from Waterloo, it could have an impact on journeys to the race meet. 

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You can follow the latest updates on the BBC travel site

Recap: Order of St George storms to victory in Gold Cup

BBC Sport

There were no upsets in yesterday's Gold Cup after the bookies' favourite, Order of St George, stormed to victory. 

Order of St George
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It was the 50th victory for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, and another victory for English jockey Ryan Moore.   

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Welcome to Royal Ascot day four coverage

Alex Regan

South Online

In the words of Bertie Wooster, "hey nonny nonny and a hot cha cha". Welcome to our fourth day of coverage from Royal Ascot. 

We will be with you up to the Chesham Stakes at 14:30 BST

Gates will open at 10:30 BST, and we'll be bringing you all the latest pictures, sports coverage, news weather and travel. 

As you're a lovely person, here's a picture of a weird hat. You're welcome. 

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