There was a fresh breeze and an overcast sky for Gold Cup day yesterday at Ascot, but a royal win, by Restoration, in the King Edward VII Stakes, was popular recompense for the sun’s shyness.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh again led the royal carriage procession up the course, and afterwards Her Majesty, with the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and other members of the royal party, walked from the stand to see her Doutelle saddled for the Gold Cup.
Later, the Queen chatted in the paddock with her trainer, Captain Boyd-Rochfort, and W H Carr, who rode Doutelle into third place and won with Restoration in the next race.
The Queen wore pale blue with a matching, close-fitting petal hat. In the royal procession of five carriages, preceded by scarlet-coated outriders, she sat with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Beaufort.
In the second carriage, the Queen Mother wore pink with a matching, wide-brimmed off-the-brow hat, while Princess Margaret was dressed in electric blue with a close-fitting floral hat of similar colour.