Sarah Ferguson performed her signature deep curtsey for the Queen today as she welcomed the monarch into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot beside her ex-husband Prince Andrew.
The Duchess of York, 59, wore an eye-catching sunshine yellow number with a striking green hat with peacock feathers streaming from its brim and elegant lace netting.
The monarch, 93, also dressed appropriately brightly for the sunny occasion, looking radiant in a stunning raspberry pink outfit by British fashion designer Angela Kelly, which she teamed with a hat adorned with dyed ostrich feather, with a narrow brim so it didn’t blow off in the breeze.
She also wore one of her favourite brooches, the Diamond Star, and checked the state of the ground as she entered on the first open-top traditional carriage at 2pm.
Her Majesty was joined in her carriage by her second cousin Lady Helen Taylor, who looked elegant in a dusky rose outfit with a pillarbox hat, and her art gallery dealer husband Mr Timothy Taylor.
The Queen dressed for day four of Royal Ascot today in a stunning raspberry pink outfit by British fashion designer Angela Kelly
The monarch, 93, looked radiant in the brightly coloured ensemble, which she teamed with a hat adorned with dyed ostrich feather, with a small brim so it didn’t blow off in the breeze
Sarah Ferguson performed her trademark deep curtsey to the Queen as she rode past the Royal Enclosure in her carriage
Sarah, Duchess of York waved her hand at the Queen before curtseying, while her ex-husband Prince Andrew, Duke of York raised his top hat
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Her Majesty waved to the cheering crowds as she arrived in the first carriage beside her second cousin Lady Helen Taylor, who looked elegant in a dusky rose outfit
The next carriage was occupied by Mr Mark Etherington and Lady Alexandra Etherington as well as Carolyn Warren, daughter of the late Earl of Carnarvon, and Mr John Warren, who advises the Queen on her bloodstock.
In carriage three was the Hon. William Vestey and his wife, and Mr and Mrs Luca Cumani – the third time they have travelled to the event in the royal carriage.
Sarah, Duchess of York waved eagerly at the Queen as she chatted to her ex-husband the Duke of York, 59.
Later she tucked into a glass of Pimms as she watched the races from the balcony in the Royal Enclosure.
Peter Phillips also made a return to Royal Ascot today, though he was without his wife Autumn.
The Queen wore an elegant dress strewn with delicate poppies under her bright raspberry pink coat and carried her trusty Launer bag
The smiley monarch grinned as she greeted guests in the parade ring during day four of Royal Ascot, which she has attended every day this week
Sarah, Duchess of York, chatted to her ex-husband Prince Andrew, Duke of York (right) as she arrived in a bright yellow frock and purple shoes
It’s all in the details! Sarah Ferguson waved eagerly at the Queen, clutching an emerald green velvet bag and black gloves. She also wore a gold watch with a green leather strap
Sarah, Duchess of York and The Duke of York stood to attention as they waited for the Queen’s carriage to arrive at the racecourse
Fergie’s Royal Ascot curtseys
The perfect curtsey is a fine art to perfect – but there is one former member of the Royal Family who has become legendary for her sweeping bows.
Despite not being an official member of The Fold for more than two decades, Fergie always enthusiastically greets her former mother-in-law with an elaborate knee bend.
The Duchess of York, 60, appears to long-look forward to her afternoon at Royal Ascot, often excitedly waving at the monarch to welcome her into the Parade Ring.
In 2018, Fergie and Beatrice held hands as they curtsied to the Queen today on her arrival in the parade ring at Royal Ascot
This year is her fifth attending the Berkshire racecourse event, and she has become famed among royal fans for her enthusiastic displays at the occasion.
In 2018, she joined ex-husband Prince Andrew and their daughter Princess Beatrice, proving she hadn’t forgotten how to curtsy as she bobbed in deference to the monarch.
Clutching her daughter’s hand, she swept into a low curtsey as her former mother-in-law rode past in the royal carriage.
It was a similar scene in 2017, when Fergie appeared alongside Beatrice at the event and was seen enthusiastically waving to the Queen before bending into a low curtsey.
Fergie looked ecstatic in 2017 as she welcomed the Queen to Ascot with a very enthusiastic wave, joined by her daughter Princess Beatrice
On this occasion, she appeared to call out to Her Majesty as she rode past in her carriage.
Meanwhile in 2016, the mother-daughter duo were once again joined by Fergie’s ex husband Prince Andrew.
The Duchess of York beamed at the Queen as she rode past, curtseying low while Beatrice and Andrew proudly looked on.
On the rainy summer day, Fergie used her umbrella to assist in helping her curtsey as low as she could.
In 2016, the Duchess of York showed that she hasn’t forgotten royal protocol today as she curtsied to the Queen as her carriage arrived at Royal Ascot
And in 2015 it was a proper family affair at the event, as the usual trio were joined by Princess Eugenie and her now-husband Jack Brooksbank.
Fergie appeared to have perfected the curtsey even then, dropping one knee low to the ground while Prince Andrew offered a respectful bow.
Dropping down: Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York, sweeps the Queen a low curtsey while ex-husband Prince Andrew bows in 2015
The duchess wore an eye-catching mustard yellow number with a striking green hat with what looked like peacock feathers
Peter Phillips returned to Royal Ascot today without his wife Autumn, and wore a red tie with a matching scarlet carnation in his jacket lapel
It’s Pimms o’clock! The Duchess of York tucks into a glass of summer punch as she watches the races and makes a quick phonecall
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew watch a race animatedly with friends on day four of sun-soaked Royal Ascot
Queen Elizabeth II in her carriage as she heads to Ascot Race course from Windsor Castle for day four of the Royal Ascot meeting
Dame Annabel Whitehead wore a bright green ensemble. Pictured arriving during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Timothy Taylor (pictured left) and Peter Phillips arrived together by royal carriage this afternoon at Royal Ascot
Many racegoers whipped out their camera phones to take a snap of the monarch in her carriage as she rode past the crowds
Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Helen Taylor, whose dress featured an unusual red sash design, arrived by carriage during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Queen wore a pair of her favourite pearls and bright pink lipstick to match her eye-catching outfit this afternoon
Queen Elizabeth II pictured in the parade ring during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse – the penultimate day of the event
A vision in pink! The Queen wore a narrow brim hat to avoid it blowing off in the breeze, which was adorned with dyed ostrich feathers
Honoured guests gather in the parade ring as this afternoon’s races prepared to get underway at the Berkshire racecourse
Sarah, Duchess of York appeared to be in high spirits as she laughed and joked around with her former husband Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew appeared to have that Friday feeling as he waved his hat and threw his head back with laughter this afternoon
The Duchess of York grinned as the Royal Procession rode past. She swept her flaming red hair into a half up, half down do and wore gold jewellery
The Duke and Duchess of York make their way to watch the races kick off this afternoon, with Sarah Ferguson carrying a Gucci Broadway green velvet shoulder bag which has a price tag of £1,160
The Duke and Duchess of York, who share daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, divorced in May 1996 but the pair remain great friends
A shot of the Duchess of York which shows off her stunning green velvet hat emblazoned with feathers and black netting
Timothy Taylor and Lady Helen Taylor on day four of Royal Ascot, fresh from arriving with Her Majesty on the first carriage
The Berkshire racecourse erupted into cheers as the Queen and her royal procession arrived for the afternoon of races at Ascot
Philip Treacy and Stefan Bartlett both donned three-piece suits on day four of Royal Ascot – the penultimate day of the meet
Daahyeh, ridden by jockey David Egan, going on to win the Albany Stakes (right, and left afterwards) during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Winning trainer Roger Varian (right) after Daahyeh won the Albany Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The weekend is already in full swing at Royal Ascot as high spirited revellers enjoy a fourth day of festivities in the sun.
Revellers dressed to the nines in their finest frocks, sharpest suits and most fabulous hats posed for the cameras as they descended on the Berkshire racecourse.
Royal Ascot race card: Day 4
14.30 Albany Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)
15.05: King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
15.40: Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
16.20: Coronation Stakes (Fillies’ Group 1)
17.00: Sandringham Stakes (Fillies’ Handicap)
17:35: Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
While many women plumped for demure sundresses for the occasion, others donned daring frocks complete with plunging necklines and thigh-skimming hems.
Unsurprisingly, statement headpieces were the order of the day for many, with a Union Jack made from faux flowers and a flutter of neon pink butterflies both on show.
Yesterday jockey Frankie Dettori dominated the races, with four wins out of six including the Gold Cup, which he won riding hot favourite Stradivarius.
With the clue in the name, Royal Ascot is hugely popular with the monarchy and Her Majesty has attended every year since ascending the throne.
Yesterday the monarch, 93, took in the action alongside several members of the Royal Family including Princess Eugenie, Zara Phillips and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
The Queen broke with her typical brightly coloured outfits with a pale grey ensemble yesterday – but normal service was resumed today with her hot pink ensemble.
Fit for a royal! Royal Enclosure guests heads along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle as they make their way to Ascot
Retired American champion jockey Wesley Ward (left) and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (right) were in attendance today
(From left to right) Nicholas Pinnock, Jimmy Akingbola, Ali Omoshaybi and Alistair Guy enjoy the races at Longines host VIPs in their private suite in the Royal Enclosure
Philip Treacy and Demi Moore, who looked elegant in emerald green, appeared to be having a fabulous time at the racing event
Former footballer Dennis Wise cheered on his horse while clutching a bottle of beer as WAG Rebekah Vardy (right) looked less than impressed
Another win for Frankie! Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the 3.40 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot – his eighth victory
A racegoer poses for a photo in a stunning huge Union Jack flag made out of miniature roses on day four of Royal Ascot
Ryan Moore riding Japan on his way to winning The King Edward VII Stakes (left) and being presented with his prize by actor David Suchet (right) on day four of Royal Ascot
Thanks Be ridden by jockey Hayley Turner coming home to win the Sandringham Stakes (left) and right, Hayley celebrating her victory
(Pictured from left to right) James Midgley, Jenni Falconer, Zoe Cole and Brendan Cole in the Village Enclosure on day four of Royal Ascot
Getting ready for the day! This group get busy and set up their tent ahead of a morning of relaxation at Royal Ascot
Quiet moment: This couple enjoy some downtime ahead of a carpark picnic with friends at Royal Ascot this morning
Here they come! A fanfare announced the arrival of this traditional horse drawn cart at Royal Ascot this morning
Attention to detail: Champagne on ice, a vase of flowers… now all he needs are guests! This gent was the ultimate Ascot host
Best start to the day: A woman was seen enjoying a chilled glass in the carpark ahead of the start of Royal Ascot
Glorious in green: Presenter Nicki Chapman, left, looked elegant in lace. Right, racegoer Jenny Pacey, from London
Splash of colour: Pink, green, red, yellow, orange and blue outfits were all on show as revellers arrived at Royal Ascot today
Hats off to them! A dramatic rose headpiece, left, and one shaped like a fan, right, were both on show at Royal Ascot today
Fun in the sun! It was clear skies as revellers arrived for the fourth day of events at Royal Ascot this morning
Retro glamour! The Tootsie Rollers singing group donned yet more fabulous frocks as they arrived for Royal Ascot today
Watch your step! Women held onto the handrails as they made their way down the stairs at Royal Ascot this morning
Flower power! Susie Brock (left) and Sharon Teague from Derbyshire turned heads in their stunning hats at Royal Ascot
Here come the boys! A group of sharply dressed men arrive for the fourth day of Royal Ascot this morning
Racy in lace: This racegoer plumped for a gown with a plunging neckline and lace detailing for her Royal Ascot outing
Quick check: Dressed in a vibrant orange frock, one racegoer asked her friend to give her the once over for stains
Out of this world! Sarah Soulsby, from London, showcased a galaxy inspired hat for the fourth day of Royal Ascot today
Classy affair: Hats, suits and demure summer dresses were all on show as racegoers made their way inside the course today
Many female revellers kept it classic today in demure summer frocks. Suits have also proved a popular trend for women.
Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed.
Up to 300,000 people were expected to descend on the event over the course of five days.
Ready for their close up! Two glamorous women posed for a photo on their way into the fourth day of Royal Ascot
Keeping up tradition: A small group of racegoers opted to arrive for Royal Ascot in a traditional horse drawn carriage