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Royal Ascot: Racegoers and royals turn out for first day

Royals and racegoers are enjoying Royal Ascot as the five-day racing meet gets under way.

It is estimated £100m will be spent on bets over the course of the annual event, which attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers in the world.

It is also known for its attention-grabbing display of hats.

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Image caption A racegoer tries to take a sneaky selfie with the Queen
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Image caption Ryan Moore riding Gleneagles wins The St James's Palace Stakes in the first race of the week
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Image caption Floral headwear gets one racegoer noticed by waiting press photographers at Ascot Racecourse
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Image caption The Royal Parade arrived in time for the first races in the afternoon
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Image caption The races aren't quite overshadowed, despite the abundance of elaborate head wear
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Image caption The Queen and Prince Philip were the first of the royals to arrive at the racecourse
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Image caption Horse racing pundit John McCririck arrives with his wife Jenny at the racecourse
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Image caption Royal Ascot is known for flamboyant dress and colourful accessories
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Image caption Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Royal Ascot
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Image caption The Tootsie Rollers pose as a group as they arrive at Ascot Racecourse ahead of the start of the races
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Image caption Buratino ridden by William Buick won the Coventry Stakes during day one at Ascot Racecourse
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Image caption The sun shone on racegoers as ever more colourful hats were seen at the event
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Image caption Racegoers check form hours before Royal Ascot is due to start
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Image caption Jackie St Clair opted for a winged display on day one of the event
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Image caption Prince Andrew and Prince Harry arrived by carriage
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Image caption Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia Merced were among the famous faces arriving for the first day of racing

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