Nice to see you Ma'am! Fergie can't contain her excitement at being invited to Ascot with Andrew and Beatrice as she greets the Queen with VERY animated wave and deep curtsy

  • Fergie, 58, looked elegant in a Roland Mouret dress and Philip Tracey hat
  • It's the fourth year running that she's attended Ascot as guest of the Queen
  • Was accompanied by her daughter Beatrice, who wore dress by The Fold
  • Her Majesty looked vibrant in a lime green outfit with pink flowers on her hat

It's been 22 years since Fergie divorced from the Queen's son Prince Andrew, but her enduring fondness for the monarch couldn't be stronger.  

The Duchess of York, 59, could hardly contain her excitement as the Queen's carriage pulled up at Royal Ascot this afternoon, waving ecstatically to the monarch to welcome her to the Parade Ring.

Fergie hasn't been a member of the royal family for more than two decades, but she proved that she hasn't forgotten how to curtsy as she bobbed in deference to the monarch alongside her daughter Princess Beatrice. 

Mother and daughter were joined for the occasion by Prince Andrew who doffed his top hat to his mother as her carriage arrived. 

The Queen was accompanied in her carriage by the Earl of Snowdon, the son of her late sister Princess Margaret, and her racing manager John Warren. 

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Fergie and Beatrice held hands as they curtsied to the Queen today on her arrival in the parade ring at Royal Ascot

Fergie and Beatrice held hands as they curtsied to the Queen today on her arrival in the parade ring at Royal Ascot

The Queen was accompanied by the Earl of Snowdon, the son of her late sister Princess Margaret 

The Queen was accompanied by the Earl of Snowdon, the son of her late sister Princess Margaret 

The Queen looked in great spirits as she waved to wellwishers during the carriage procession
She received a very warm welcome from the Duchess of York who was eager to greet her former mother-in-law

The Queen looked in great spirits as she waved to wellwishers during the carriage procession. She received a very warm welcome from the Duchess of York who was eager to greet her former mother-in-law

Beatrice looked smart in a pale grey dress by The Fold, while her mother was elegant in Roland Mouret 

Beatrice looked smart in a pale grey dress by The Fold, while her mother was elegant in Roland Mouret 

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Princess Beatrice is at Royal Ascot again today, wearing her third winning outfit of the week.

Following on from the Claire Mischevani blue lace dress, then yesterday's Jonathan Simkhai number, her race day style has been spot on so far.

This time she turned to The Fold, which is a firm favourite for Beatrice, who wore a pink version of the 'Camelot' dress at this year's Trooping the Colour. And she's not alone! Pippa Middleton, Holly Willoughby, Samantha Cameron and Donna Air are all big fans of the brand too.

We love the tweed texture and distinctive sweeping wrap waist on this dress, which she teamed with a hat by Sarah Cant, a Pop & Suki box bag and ankle strap heels from Russell & Bromley.

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The Queen was spotted sharing a joke with her granddaughter Beatrice and Fergie in the royal box 

The Queen was spotted sharing a joke with her granddaughter Beatrice and Fergie in the royal box 

Close family! Beatrice's parents have remained on excellent terms despite splitting up more than two decades ago 

Close family! Beatrice's parents have remained on excellent terms despite splitting up more than two decades ago 

The Duchess and her daughter Beatrice chatted to fellow glamorous guests before the arrival of Her Majesty 

The Duchess and her daughter Beatrice chatted to fellow glamorous guests before the arrival of Her Majesty 

The Queen beamed as she disembarked from her carriage into the parade ring in time to enjoy races such as the Commonwealth Stakes
Her former daughter-in-law Fergie was also in very high spirits during the outing

The Queen beamed as she disembarked from her carriage into the parade ring in time to enjoy races such as the Commonwealth Stakes. Her former daughter-in-law Fergie was also in very high spirits during the outing 

The York family seemed to be in great spirits as they laughed and joked in the parade ring
Her Majesty was looking forward to an afternoon of racing action at one of her favourite events of the year

The York family seemed to be in great spirits as they laughed and joked in the parade ring. Her Majesty was looking forward to an afternoon of racing action at one of her favourite events of the year 

Prince Andrew cute a dapper figure in his top hat and tails as he stepped out for Royal Ascot
His ex-wife Fergie, 59, looked delighted to be spending the afternoon with her family as well as the Queen

Prince Andrew cute a dapper figure in his top hat and tails as he stepped out for Royal Ascot. His ex-wife Fergie, 59, looked delighted to be spending the afternoon with her family as well as the Queen 

Beatrice, 29, opted for an understated look in a pale grey dress by The Fold teamed with a pink picture hat by Sarah Cant.

Meanwhile, her mother looked elegant in a dress by Roland Mouret teamed with a hat by Philip Tracey, a royal favourite.

Since splitting from Prince Andrew, the Duchess does not appear at public events with the rest of the royal family. 

However, she's welcomed back into the fold for Royal Ascot and this is the fourth year running that she's attended. 

Fergie put on a very animated display as she chatted to the Queen in the royal box
Princess Beatrice opted for a pared back look, teaming her dress from The Fold with a pink picture hat by Sarah Cant

Fergie put on a very animated display as she chatted to the Queen in the royal box. Princess Beatrice opted for a pared back look, teaming her dress from The Fold with a pink picture hat by Sarah Cant 

The Queen caught up with jockey Frankie Dettori the day after she presented him with the prestigious Gold Cup 

The Queen caught up with jockey Frankie Dettori the day after she presented him with the prestigious Gold Cup 

Fergie joined the Queen and her racing manager John Warren in the royal box for an afternoon of racing 

Fergie joined the Queen and her racing manager John Warren in the royal box for an afternoon of racing 

Family ties! The Duchess was seen adjusting her ex-husband's lapel as they chatted
Her Majesty looked on fine form as she prepared to enjoy Royal Ascot, one of her favourite events of the year 

Family ties! The Duchess was seen adjusting her ex-husband's lapel as they chatted. Her Majesty looked on fine form as she prepared to enjoy Royal Ascot, one of her favourite events of the year 

Prince Andrew presented trophies to jockey Colm O'Donoghue, trainer Jessica Harrington and owners the Niarchos Family after winning the Coronation Stakes with Alpha Centauri

Prince Andrew presented trophies to jockey Colm O'Donoghue, trainer Jessica Harrington and owners the Niarchos Family after winning the Coronation Stakes with Alpha Centauri

Despite being long divorced from Andrew, the pair remain famously close and Fergie has previously spoken about how they've 'never really left each other'. 

The royals were joined by their counterpart from Jordan Princess Haya, whose horse won the King Edward VII Stakes with Old Persian. 

Clare Balding presented a tropy to the princess and her daughter Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum after the win. 

They were joined by her husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai who is  a regular fixture at British racing events.   

The monarch pulled up to the Parade Ring in the traditional carriage procession as fans snapped pictures on their phones

The monarch pulled up to the Parade Ring in the traditional carriage procession as fans snapped pictures on their phones

The Queen paused to chat to her racing manager John Warren and a jockey before enjoying the races
Her former daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson was in attendance for the fourth year running, joined by her daughter Beatrice

The Queen paused to chat to her racing manager John Warren and a jockey before enjoying the races. Her former daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson was in attendance for the fourth year running, joined by her daughter Beatrice 

A warm welcome! The Queen's former daughter-in-law couldn't contain her joy at being reunited with the monarch 

A warm welcome! The Queen's former daughter-in-law couldn't contain her joy at being reunited with the monarch 

The York family were no doubt missing Eugenie who did not join her parents and sister this afternoon
Although the Duchess rarely joins her family at royal events, Ascot is an annual exception

The York family were no doubt missing Eugenie who did not join her parents and sister this afternoon. Although the Duchess rarely joins her family at royal events, Ascot is an annual exception 

Her Majesty was joined in her carriage by The Earl of Snowdon, Peter Troughton and her racing manager John Warren

Her Majesty was joined in her carriage by The Earl of Snowdon, Peter Troughton and her racing manager John Warren

The Queen was busy catching up with her racing manager John Warren in the parade ring
The received a rapturous welcome from her former daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson

The Queen was busy catching up with her racing manager John Warren in the parade ring after receiving a rapturous welcome from her former daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson 

Family bond! Prince Andrew laughed uproariously as he chatted to his daughter Beatrice and her mother 

Family bond! Prince Andrew laughed uproariously as he chatted to his daughter Beatrice and her mother 

Princess Haya of Jordan (right) and daughter Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum are presented with a trophy by Clare Balding after winning the King Edward VII Stakes with Old Persian

Princess Haya of Jordan (right) and daughter Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum are presented with a trophy by Clare Balding after winning the King Edward VII Stakes with Old Persian

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, with his wife and daughter 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, with his wife and daughter 

The Duke of York presented trophies to the Niarchos Family after winning the Coronation Stakes with Alpha Centauri

The Duke of York presented trophies to the Niarchos Family after winning the Coronation Stakes with Alpha Centauri

The Queen has visisted Royal Ascot every year since she ascended the throne in 1952, and it's one of the highlights of her calendar.

Throughout the week she's been accompanied by Charles and Camilla, Harry and Meghan, Sophie and Edward, Princess Anne and Peter and Autumn Phillips. 

However, new mothers Kate and Zara are staying away this year as they remain at home with their recent additions to their families. 

lose as ever! Despite divorcing more than 20 years ago, Sarah and Andrew have maintained a deep friendship
The Duchess adjusted her former husband's lapel while they waited for the Queen

Close as ever! Despite divorcing more than 20 years ago, Sarah and Andrew have maintained a deep friendship as was proved today when the Duchess adjusted her former husband's lapel while they waited for the Queen

Fergie looked at ease as she chatted with her daughter an other glamorous guests as they awaited the carriage procession in the parade ring 

Fergie looked at ease as she chatted with her daughter an other glamorous guests as they awaited the carriage procession in the parade ring 

The Queen was resplendent in lime green as she rode towards the parade ring in the traditional carriage procession 

The Queen was resplendent in lime green as she rode towards the parade ring in the traditional carriage procession 

Prince Andrew still enjoys a close relationship with his former wife and is eager for her to be part of royal family outings such as Ascot 

Prince Andrew still enjoys a close relationship with his former wife and is eager for her to be part of royal family outings such as Ascot 

All week punters have been placing novelty bets on the colour of the Queen's hat and today they weren't disappointed when she turned out in green, the clear favourite.  

Ladbrokes now predicts she will end the week tomorrow with a pink hat, making it the 2/1 favourite. A blue hat is next best at 4/1, with purple priced at 5/1.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: 'When it comes to predicting the colour of the Queen's hat, punters have been spot on.

'The gamble on green landed today so we hope for some respite tomorrow. The early money suggests a pink ensemble will be chosen to end the week.'

The Queen was accompanied by her racing manager John Warren who chatted her through what to expect from the afternoon ahead 

The Queen was accompanied by her racing manager John Warren who chatted her through what to expect from the afternoon ahead 

The Duchess of York was elegant in navy Roland Mouret while Beatrice opted for a winter white dress from The Fold 

The Duchess of York was elegant in navy Roland Mouret while Beatrice opted for a winter white dress from The Fold 

Royal fans were eager to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she arrived in the Parade Ring after the traditional carriage procession 

Royal fans were eager to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she arrived in the Parade Ring after the traditional carriage procession 

 

 

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Fergie performs a very deep curtsey to welcome the Queen

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