Racegoers descend on Royal Ascot for booze, betting and frolics

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RACEGOERS have descended on Royal Ascot for the first of five days filled with booze and betting.

Punters in vibrant hats, facsinators and dresses have arrived amid one of the UK’s biggest train operators going on strike today.

Race goers take a selfie on day one of Royal Ascot
Racegoers take a selfie on day one of Royal Ascot
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Racegoers in a horse drawn carriage during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Racegoers in a horse drawn carriage during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
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Designer Ilda Di Vico, right, and Tami Thunder-Rogers Wear Ilda Di Vico Ascot Day
Designer Ilda Di Vico, right, and Tami Thunder-Rogers Wear Ilda Di Vico Ascot Day

Commuters into London Waterloo station were among passengers affected, as well as race goers heading to Royal Ascot. Buses replaced trains on some routes.

The Queen will be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – taking part in the annual Royal Ascot carriage procession.

William and Kate will be guests of the Queen in the royal box for the first day of the famous Berkshire racing meet.

This year’s event is expected to attract around 300,000 racegoers over the next five days – which is predicted to be the wettest Royal Ascot over the next couple of days.

Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds into 6-4 (from 4-1) on this year’s Royal Ascot being the wettest on record as torrential rain is set to fall on the Berkshire Racecourse over the next couple of days.


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