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Royal Ascot: Racegoers brave rain at first day of event

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Image caption More than 30mm of rain has fallen at the course since Friday

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.

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.

Up to 280,000 racegoers are due to attend the event over five days.

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Image caption Some racegoers doubled up on protective measures
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Image caption While others were forced to prioritise to keep water off their precious garments
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Image caption The meeting's first day features three top-level Group One races although there have been several withdrawals because of the rain-softened going
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Image caption Umbrellas were handed to many of the guests at the event
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Image caption Guests were given ponchos to protect their fine clothing
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Image caption The ground was officially described as soft after another 4mm of rain fell overnight
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Image caption The meeting is set to start with its softest ground for more than 40 years
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Image caption Thousands of rain-soaked racegoers attended Royal Ascot's first meeting in Berkshire on Tuesday
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Image caption A mixture of sunshine and showers are expected during the week
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Image caption Up to 280,000 racegoers are due to attend the event over five days
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Image caption Ascot is renowned as a meeting where top action on the track mixes with style and glamour off it

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