Meghan was the centre of attention on the first day of Ascot today – even winning a kiss from star jockey Frankie Dettori as she presented him with his trophy.
The Duchess of Sussex, 36, wowed in a stunning monochrome ensemble by her wedding dress designer Givenchy as she joined husband Prince Harry, 33, at the Berkshire racecourse.
The newlyweds were seen in fits of laughter as they presented a trophy to jockey Frankie Dettori, who rode to victory on horse Without Parole in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
The Italian jockey, 47, looked delighted following his win, making the bold move of kissing the Duchess on the hand while up on the presentation stage – as Harry kept a close watch.
Dettori, who has five children, said he told the Duchess his son would be ‘very pleased’ to learn she’d presented his cup, and added that Meghan ‘kind of giggled’.
‘My kids will be more impressed about that than actually winning the race,’ said the jockey.
‘It’s great for such young monarchs to present a great trophy and I am very humble.’
Meghan looked elegant in a white silk dress, belted at the waist, which she teamed with a co-ordinating fascinator by milliner Philip Treacy.
Other senior royals including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne were also in attendance today, along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
In addition to the royal contingent, stars including Kelly Brook and TV presenters Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins were at the glamorous event in Berkshire.
Jockey Frankie Dettori kissed the Duchess of Sussex’s hand before she presented him with his trophy at Ascot today
Prince Harry was snapped playfully wagging a finger at the jockey, who said Meghan ‘giggled’ when he told her his son would be pleased to know she had presented his trophy
Meghan stole the show in a stunning monochrome ensemble as she joined Prince Harry and the Queen at Royal Ascot today
The Duchess of Sussex looked elegant in a white Givenchy dress and black and white fascinator as she joined Prince Harry at Ascot today
The Queen led the traditional carriage procession at Ascot today, accompanied by daughter Princess Anne
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall looked to be in very good spirits as she arrived on the first day of the Royal Ascot
Harry and Meghan joined Charles and Camilla at the Berkshire racecourse today, along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
Meghan looked to be in high spirits as she joined husband Prince Harry and the Countess of Wessex during the traditional carriage parade
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented a trophy to jockey Frankie Dettori (with trophy) and trainer John Gosden (centre, back), after their horse Without Parole won the St James’s Palace Stakes
For the first of what will no doubt be many appearances at Royal Ascot, Meghan finished off her elegant ensemble with a pair of black heels, along with a co-ordinating black and gold clutch bag and £1,350 yellow gold and diamond stud earrings by Canadian brand Birks.
Her choice of outfit today signals once again that she is following in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge, by choosing her wedding dress designer for official events.
The Duchess chose a chic cape dress by French fashion house Givenchy for her first joint appearance with the Queen in Chester last week.
Meghan also opted for another fascinator by Philip Treacy, having worn a pink headpiece by the milliner for Trooping the Colour earlier this month.
Kelly Brook added a quirky touch to her vampy red dress – a football-themed hat adorned with a miniature Bobby Moore – in honour of the World Cup
Polished presenters: In addition to the royal contingent, celebrities including Kate Garraway, left, and Charlotte Hawkins, right, were among the stars at day one of Royal Ascot
Elegant arrivals: Lizzy Cundy, left, opted for an off-the-shoulder white frock. Right, fashion editor Flora Johnston
Quirky touches: Former glamour model Jackie St Clair, left, and Soprano and Ascot ambassador Natalie Rushdie
Familiar face: Horse racing pundit John McCririck donned a vibrant waistcoat as he arrived at Ascot with his wife Jenny
Out in force: Princess Anne, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, Sophie Countess of Wessex, and the Queen at Royal Ascot
A passionate racing fan, the Queen enjoyed a chat with jockey James Doyle (seen left and right), who rode her horse Fabricate in the Wolferton Stakes on day one at Royal Ascot on Tuesday
Meghan opted for an elegant white shirt dress by wedding designer Givenchy, which she paired with black heels
Meghan opted for a stylish fascinator by Philip Treacy (above) as she joined Sophie and Prince Edward during the procession
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex both looked to be in very high spirits as they made their first Ascot appearance together
The Duchess of Sussex opted for a chic monochrome ensemble as she joined Prince Harry at her first every Ascot today
Meghan opted for a stylish monochrome ensemble by her wedding designer Givenchy, along with a co-ordinating fascinator by Philip Treacy
The new Duchess of Sussex looked relaxed as she took part in her first traditional carriage parade, alongside Prince Harry
Harry and Meghan were seen enjoying an animated conversation with Prince Charles and Camilla at Ascot today
The new Duchess of Sussex was seen having an animated conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall, who also opted for an elegant ensemble
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were at Ascot to present a trophy to the winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes
The newlyweds posed for official pictures at the end of a day of racing at the Berkshire racecourse after presenting the trophy
Harry and Meghan were seen laughing away with jockey Frankie Dettori as they presented him with a trophy today
Frankie Detorri looked delighted following his win at the St James’s Palace Stakes on Without Parole
Both Harry and Meghan congratulated the winners as they took to the stage following the St James’s Palace Stakes race
The traditional carriage procession today was led by the Queen, who rode alongside daughter Princess Anne, 67, today.
Harry and Meghan rode in a carriage with Prince Edward, 54, and Sophie, 53, while Charles, 69, and Camilla, 70, rode alongside Prince Andrew’s daughters Princess Beatrice, 29, and Princess Eugenie, 28.
The royal arrival came just minutes after it was revealed that Zara and Mike Tindall had welcomed their second child, a baby girl, making the Queen a great-grandmother for the seventh time.
All the royals looked in very good spirits as they arrived at Ascot today, including Anne – who has become a grandmother for the fourth time.
Beatrice looked elegant in a blue lace dress by Claire Mischevani and hat by Juliette Botterill, which she teamed with a pair of shoes with high street giant Kurt Geiger.
Meghan accessorised her dress with a black clutch bag, along with a co-ordinating fascinator by milliner Philip Treacy
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen sharing a joke with the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor, John Warren
Both Harry and Meghan looked very happy and relaxed during their first joint Ascot appearance, exactly a month on from the royal wedding
Meghan flashed a wide smile as she took part in her first carriage procession at Ascot, alongside Sophie and Edward
The Duchess of Sussex wore her hair in an elegant up-do today, as she finished off her look with a striking hat by Philip Treacy
Newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Edward and Sophie in their carriage during the royal procession
Harry and Meghan were seen walking around arm in arm as they enjoyed their first outing at Ascot together today
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked onto the stage hand-in-hand as they prepared to present the St Jame’s Stake trophy
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen shaking hands with jockey Frankie Dettori as they congratulated him on his win
The royal couple also presented a trophy to owner John Gunther after Without Parole won the St James’s Palace Stakes
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked relaxed as they presented the awards on stage at the end of a day of racing
Bride-to-be Eugenie meanwhile was chic in a pale blue dress by Osman, a hat by Emily London and shoes by Valentino.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 53, opted for a sophisticated pink frock, while Camilla looked elegant in a beige coat dress.
Princess Michael of Kent and Lady de Mauley also took part in the traditional carriage procession on the first day of Ascot, also opting for monochrome ensembles.
The Duchess of Cambridge was not present at Ascot today, as she takes time off from royal engagements to look after Prince Louis, who is still only eight-weeks old.
A very cheerful Queen flashed a wide smile as she arrived at Royal Ascot in a vibrant yellow ensemble today
The 92-year-old monarch opted for a bright yellow coat with a matching floral dress underneath, and a co-coordinating hat
The Queen appeared to be in a cheerful mood as she was joined by Anne, who has become a grandmother again for the fourth time
The new Duchess of Sussex was seen alongside both Camilla and the Queen during the first day of the races at Ascot
Princess Beatrice opted for an elegant blue ensemble, while Princess Eugenie looked chic in white during the carriage procession today
Beatrice looked chic in a blue lace dress, while Eugenie opted for a wrap dress by fashion-forward designer Osman
The two princesses rode in a carriage with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall during the traditional procession
Prince Harry and Charles were seen looking at the programme as they were joined by Meghan and Camilla at Ascot today
A very attentive Meghan was seen helping the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor, John Warren when his binoculars slipped off his shoulder
Both Prince Charles and Camilla looked animated as they chatted with Harry and Meghan on the first day of the Royal Ascot
Harry and Meghan, who recently returned from their honeymoon, both looked happy and relaxed while at Ascot today
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked to be in good spirits as they chatted to the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor
Meghan was seen looking up lovingly at Harry while at Ascot, as the pair made their first joint appearance together
The Duchess of Cornwall opted for an elegant cream ensemble as she arrived with Prince Charles at the Berkshire racecourse
The Duchess of Sussex looked in a cheerful mood as she joined Camilla at Ascot. The pair were seen in deep conversation during the event (right)
Meghan and Harry rode with Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex during the traditional carriage procession today
The Queen certainly stood out in her vibrant yellow outfit among a sea of top hats during the first day at Ascot today
Princess Michael of Kent and Lady de Mauley also took part in the traditional carriage procession on the first day of Ascot
Princess Anne presented a trophy to Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum at the end of the first day of racing today
THE 300-YEAR HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ASCOT
The Royal Ascot was founded by Queen Anne and dates all the way back to 1711, with the first ever race being ‘Her Majesty’s Plate’.
The five-day event in Berkshire is attended annually by the Queen and other royal family members, who arrive in a traditional carriage procession.
The royal procession takes place at the start of each race day, when the Queen’s Royal Standard is raised as well.
The Ascot Gold Cup, which has been held since 1807, is one of the event’s premier races, while the Commonwealth Cup, introduced in 2015, is among the newest of the races.
This replaced the Buckingham Palace Stakes which previously had been held since 2002.
Over 300,000 people attend Ascot every year, over the course of the week.
Prince William meanwhile has been conducting engagements in Liverpool today, so did not join other members of the royal family in Berkshire.
Royal Ascot – the jewel in the crown of the racing season – kicked off this morning in a burst of bright colours, floral frocks and flamboyant hats.
Model Kelly Brook led the style stakes in a playful red and white England World Cup themed hat, adorned with a miniature Bobby Moore.
She paired the eye-catching creation with a figure-hugging red dress with Bardot-style neckline.
Other famous faces included presenters Charlotte Hawkins, who wore a dress by Suzannah, and Kate Garraway, who looked stylish in a white and blush pink jumpsuit by Phase Eight.
Floral print, modest hemlines and eye-catching hats were the order of the day for many, while a more relaxed dress code for the Windsor enclosure means strapless dresses were on show for the first time.
However eagle-eyed organisers were on the look out for men daring to step in without socks – an increasingly popular trend that has been banned from this year’s event.
The Duchess of Sussex was earlier seen leaving for her first ever appearance at Ascot, alongside Prince Harry
The Queen looked to be in good spirits as she left for Ascot with daughter Princess Anne in a vibrant yellow ensemble
Meghan sat next to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, during the procession today, as onlookers at Ascot watched on
Harry and Meghan’s appearance at Ascot today comes exactly a month after they tied the knot at Windsor Castle
The new Duke of Sussex looked animated as he guided Meghan during the proceedings on her first Ascot apperance
Meghan certainly looked the part in an elegant monochrome ensemble, while Harry looked dapper in a top hat and tails
The Duchess of Sussex was seen chatting to the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor, John Warren, at the races
The Duchess of Sussex was seen flashing a wide smile as she took part in her first ever carriage procession today
Prince Charles looked to be in good spirits as he was joined by Camilla and Princess Eugenie during the royal procession
Camilla opted for a wide-brimmed hat for Ascot (left), while Princess Michael of Kent opted for a striking head piece (right)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first official appearance together at Ascot since going on their honeymoon
Meghan was seen listening intently to the Queen’s racing advisor, as she walked arm in arm with Harry at the races
Harry and Meghan were seen walking around the Berkshire racecourse arm in arm, during their first joint appearance today
Racegoers faced breathalyser tests and a team of sniffer dogs at the gates as organisers seek to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
There will also be a crackdown on beer sales and an increased stewarding presence.
An ugly brawl broke out at a Saturday race meeting at the track in May, putting a spotlight on the increasing use of recreational drugs and excessive drinking at racecourses.
Sniffer dogs were also seen at work in the parade ring before the action got underway.
Cheers! Racegoers started the celebrations early as they toasted to the start of the racing festival with glasses of bubbles
Floral fantasies: An enormous bloom was the perfect finishing touch to this look. Making a statement in hot pink, right
Rainbow dream: Multi-coloured prints and retro hairstyles gave this group of women a playful 1940s feel
Ready to party! The women looked to be having a fabulous time at the races. Right, it was Pimms o’clock for one woman
Getting comfortable: By the end of the day women had kicked off painful high heels in favour of bare feet and flats
Say it with flowers: Magazine editor Martha Ward, left, and this pink lady, right, both had very different takes on florals