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Live Reporting

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

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Ladies Day

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    There've been hats, there've been laughs, there's been John Mcririck.

    Royal AScot

    We've had a blast at Ladies Day and will be back with all the build-up to the fourth day of Ascot tomorrow. 

    In the meantime, tune in to BBC Sport's coverage from all the races. BBC Radio Four's tips are the Order of St George in the 4.20 Gold Cup and Manson in 5.00 Britannia Stakes. 

  2. And the hats keep on coming

    The hats at Royal Ascot have been incredible this year, here are a few more gems. 

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  3. Singing for the Queen at Ascot

    The Queen has just arrived at Royal Ascot, but racegoers are watching the Nation Anthem sung elsewhere.

    Hundreds of fans have now descended on bars across the racecourse to get a glimpse of the game, before returning to the racing action later this afternoon.

    Ascot racecourse bars fill with football fans
    Standing room only at Royal Ascot
  4. The Queen has arrived in the Royal Procession

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    The Queen has arrived and, absolute shocker, she's wearing a hat and dress that doesn't match! But we think she looks great. Orange hat, blue dress. The punters betting on yellow will be livid. 

    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Procession
    Image caption: No rain today for the Royal Procession
  5. He's a horrible horse, a real brute, but I like the look of him'

    The Gold Cup, taking place at 1620 BST, is the feature race of the day, and one of the biggest races at Royal Ascot.

    Racing expert John McCririck has shared his tip for the winner, although it doesn't sound like he'd want to spend an evening with the horse in question.

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    Video caption: Racing expert John McCririck gives his tip for the Gold Cup, the feature race today.
  6. You can't escape the football, even at the races

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    There's no escape of the football, even at Royal Ascot. These two ladies have created Welsh and English-themed headpieces. 

    England Wales

    And Ascot have placated footie fans and put it on the big screen in its exhibition hall. 

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  7. Warming up for Her Majesty

    The Irish Guards Band have quite a lot to do today.

    They're playing the national anthem when The Queen arrives at 14:00 BST, and then trumpeting their way through the rest of Ladies Day.

    Sports editor Tim Dellor has sent us this shouty film.

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  8. 'Not sure Frankie Dettori will be happy riding a donkey'

    It seems that a passerby has had some equine-related japery with the car park signs. We're not sure any donkeys will be running in the 4.20 Gold Cup, but we'll have a mosey around the paddocks shortly.

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  9. Follow all the race coverage and results on BBC Sport

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    Hats are the big talk of the morning on Ladies Day, but the good people at BBC Sport will be keeping their eye on the race results throughout the afternoon. 

    In the meantime, here's today's itinerary. 

    Franki Dettori

    14.30 The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 5f

    15.05 The Tercentenary Stakes (Group 3) 1 ¼m

    15.40 The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 1 ½m

    16.20 The Gold Cup (Group 1) 2 ½m

    17.00 The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 1m

    17.35 The King George V Stakes (Handicap) 1 ½m

  10. Traffic delays for Ladies Day

    Rory McAllister

    BBC Berkshire travel presenter

    Due to the bigger attendance at Ascot for Ladies day today, there are a few queues getting into the racecourse:

    • There is very slow traffic on the A332 Windsor Road in both directions in North Ascot around the A330 Winkfield Road junction
    •  There is also very slow traffic on the A329 High Street in both directions in Ascot around the A330 Station Hill junction, because of Royal Ascot
    • Traffic is expected to ease around 13:30 BST
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  11. A rain hat needed for Ladies day

    Royal Ascot has been hit by rain showers every day this week and today will be no different, says our weather forecaster Bee Tucker.

    Keep an eye on the skies and more importantly, keep your fascinators dry.

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    Video caption: Bee Tucker gives us Berkshire's weather for ladies day. Get yourself a brolley!
  12. First 'mustard yellow', then 'latte pink', what colour will the Queen's hat be today?

    If betting on the gee gees wasn't enough, punters are even putting money on what the Queen's hat colour will be. On Tuesday it was "mustard yellow", yesterday it was "latte pink" - whatever that is. 

    The bookies' money is on purple as 5/4 favourite, maybe they've got inside information?

    Queens hat
  13. Revisiting the Queen's first Royal Ascot

    Adam Whitty

    BBC Berkshire

    It wouldn't be Royal Ascot without The Queen.

    We have found footage of her first ever royal procession as sovereign, which took place in 1952, just months after her accession to the throne.

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    Video caption: We look at the Queen's first Royal Ascot as monarch in 1952 and profile her contribution.

    She clearly doesn't get tired of it.

    If she has done five processions each year, she will have taken part around 320 times.  

  14. We tip our hat to these weird and wonderful creations

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    Ladies Day is always a chance for the creative, the ostentatious, and the downright wacky. Here are some of our favourite millinery masterpieces.  

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    Hopefully no rogue sparrows will mistake this woman's headpiece for a feathered friend.

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    Give us a tinkle on the rattling Joanna mate! Surely this hat was made for Elton John? Or Liberace, even. 

    Hat

    A lot of punters get quite hungry in the queue to the restaurant, luckily these two ladies thought ahead and made their dresses out of marshmallows.

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    Colour coordinated and ready to hit the paddocks. 

    Hat

    In the words of Poison, Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Let's hope this floral offering has been appropriately pruned. 

  15. Storm clouds brewing above

    There is a chance of lightning at Ascot today as storm clouds begin to brew above. Whatever you do - don't put up your umbrella or stand under a tree.

  16. New year, new Gold Cup

    18 of the world's best thoroughbreds will be fighting it out to get their hands on the Gold Cup trophy and the £230,000 prize money this afternoon.

    Interestingly, Ascot Racecourse say they make a brand new trophy each and every year.

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  17. Football legend to attend Ascot on Saturday

    One of the World Cup-winning 1966 side, Sir Geoff Hurst, will be at Royal Ascot this weekend the racecourse have confirmed today.

    Geoff Hurst
  18. Another disappointing day for Radio Four's top tips. Can they redeem themselves?

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    Just as the sun sets in the west, Radio Four bungled the tips yesterday and got nothing. But instead of sending them to the knackers yard, we're offering them a third chance, and it looks like they've stepped up to the plate. 

    The Today Programme has opted for the Order of St George in the 4.20 Gold Cup, a favourite for most commentators. 

    Then in the 5.00 Britannia Stakes they've gone for Manson. 

    Hopefully it's a winner, if not expect an angry John Humphrys tomorrow. 

    John Humphrys
  19. What does one wear at Ascot?

    There is a strict dress code at Royal Ascot for men and women. For the chaps in the Royal Enclosure, they must wear a long tail coat, waistcoat, trousers, black shoes and a tie. Ironically, the Ascot tie - which is a cravat - is not permitted at Ascot. Also, men should also wear a plain black or grey top hat. 

    John Mccririck
    Image caption: John McCrirrick wouldn't get anywhere near the Royal Enclosure with this ensemble

    Ladies must wear "modest" dresses or tops and skirts, and either hats or headpieces bigger than four inches. Fascinators are not permitted. And, covered midriffs are a must!

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    Image caption: Although the headpiece would technically be permitted, the thin straps on the dress would not be allowed