• The gardens are in immaculate condition ahead of the Royal meeting
  • The Ascot gateman are all smiles ahead of the meeting
  • The weighing room is an oasis of calm ahead of a busy afternoon
  • The ladies are in their finery ahead of the opening day at Royal Ascot
  • Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes were all smiles as they attended the opening day
  • Steffi Graf was among the star names watching the races
  • The crowds enjoy a quick livener before the Royal Procession begins
  • One of the more interesting choices of headgear on the day
  • Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Merced Wilnelia made their regular visit to Ascot
  • Her Majesty, The Queen arrives ahead of the first race
  • with her grandson Prince Harry enjoying a rare day out
  • Prince Philip is clearly in good form
  • Princess Beatrice is a vision in Green
  • Onto the action and Toronado gets favourite backers off to a winning start...
  • ...he sees off Verrazano to win the Queen Anne
  • Richard Hughes can't hide his delight upon his return to the winners enclosure
  • Aidan O'Brien (centre) walks the course ahead of the Coventry Stakes
  • but it's The Wow Signal that comes home first
  • and Frankie Dettori celebrates a double for Al Shaqab
  • Sole Power ridden by Richard Hughes winning the King's Stand Stakes
  • Kingman ridden by James Doyle on their way to victory in The St James's Palace Stakes
  • Kingman was too good for 2000 Guineas conqueror Night Of Thunder
  • Domination ridden by Fran Berry (left) wins the Ascot Stakes
  • There's a deserved pat down the neck for the winner
  • Hootenanny ridden by Victor Espinoza on his way to winning the Windsor Castle Stakes

Royal Ascot Day 1

The gardens are in immaculate condition ahead of the Royal meeting