Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in a horse carriage on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in a horse carriage on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot RacecourseImage:Getty Images

Royal Ascot is recognized around the world as one of the premier events in horse racing, and draws eyes from every corner of the globe. It is a true royal heritage event.

The races are held at Ascot Racehorse in Berkshire. The racehorse is only 6 miles from Windsor Castle, and has always been closely associated with the Royal Family. Ascot racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne herself.

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The races

Royal Ascot takes place over five days, typically in the 3rd week of June. The races are hotly contested, as prize money is often worth millions of pounds. As you can imagine, betting is also a huge part of the week. 

During the week, Ascot Racecourse can expect to see more than 300,000 thousand people come through it's doors, making it the most popular horse racing event in the whole of Europe! The Queen herself is of course a regular attendee of the event. 

Royal Ascot is known for it's high end fashion on show, and always ensures visitors to the racecourse are treated to the best in class, with fine dining and hospitality available around every corner. 

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Here's our favorite photos from the week so far

 Queen Elizabeth II, Alan Brooke, 3rd Viscount Brookeborough, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the Royal Procession seen from the Queen Anne Enclosure on day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Queen Elizabeth II, Alan Brooke, 3rd Viscount Brookeborough, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the Royal Procession seen from the Queen Anne Enclosure on day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Royal Procession makes its way down the track on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Royal Procession makes its way down the track on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Princess Anne, Princess Royal presents the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Princess Anne, Princess Royal presents the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

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 Frankie Dettori makes a flying dismount from Crystal Ocean after winning The Prince of Wales's Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Frankie Dettori makes a flying dismount from Crystal Ocean after winning The Prince of Wales's Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Runners and riders compete in The Queen's Vase on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Runners and riders compete in The Queen's Vase on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

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