Royal footman tumbles from his horse at Royal Ascot as Queen attends for a third day and presents Gold Cup to Frankie Dettori

The unsteady footman was seen falling over in the Parade Ring during the carriage procession as Her Majesty the Queen made her entry.

The footman was seen springing to his feet moments later and it is not known if he suffered any injuries – other than a bruised ego.

Luckily, most of the crowd appears to miss his wobble as all eyes were on the Queen, who looked a vision in a striking pink Stewart Parvin ensemble, paired with a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

The Monarch beamed as she waved to onlookers as she arrived for Day Three alongside many members of her family.

The Queen has attended the prestigious racing event each year since ascending the throne, and almost always has horses of her own running in some of the races.

Her Majesty was later seen presenting the coveted Gold Cup to veteran jockey Frankie Dettori, who was at his racing best on the 7-4 joint favourite Stradivarius.

It was the 47-year-old jockey's sixth Gold Cup win and he treated the 70,000 crowd to a trademark flying dismount.

Stradivarius, owned by Bjorn Nielsen, saw off close competition from runner-up Vazirabad, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan, in the final furlong.



The Queen was today joined by a plethora of Royal Family members, including the Duke of York, daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and Princess Anne.

The day before, her Majesty was joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Peter and Autumn Philips, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

Opening day of Britain’s most valuable race meeting was graced with the presence of The Queen, the Earl of Wessex, the Duchess of Cornwall and the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Friday will see the Group One Coronations Stakes, which was first run in 1840 to commemorate the crowning of Queen Victoria.

A second Group One race, the Commonwealth Cup, was introduced in 2015, making Friday the second-favourite day of the Royal Ascot five-day event.



 

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