Beaming Queen leads the royals on their second day at Ascot... but Lady Luck fails to smile on Sophie Wessex as THREE losing horses scupper her chances on £2 bet
- Her Majesty rode in the carriage procession with Princess Alexandra
- Queen, 92, wore pastel blue outfit with blue hat trimmed with pink flowers
- Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were also present for the occasion
- Camilla looked elegant in a bright green coat teamed with a cream hat
The Countess of Wessex suffered a bout of extraordinarily bad luck today when just one of her horses was placed at Ascot.
Sophie, accompanied by husband Prince Edward, put down £2 on a four-fold accumulator, but failed to win a penny.
One of her horses, Cracksman, suffered a shock defeat to Poet's Word in the Prince of Wales Stakes, while another came second-to-last out of 28 horses.
Ladbrokes spokesperson Nicola McGeady told MailOnline: 'It wasn't a great day for punters at Royal Ascot today and judging by her betting slip it wasn't a great day for Sophie Wessex either.'
It is not known whether her mother-in-law the Queen, who was also in attendance, fared better on a bumper year at Royal Ascot with some £7million up for grabs.
True blue: The Countess dazzled in aquamarine as she teamed her pleated jumpsuit with a large hat
The Countess of Wessex put down £2 on a four-fold accumulator, but failed to win a penny
Sophie suffered a bout of bad luck when just one of her horses was placed on Wednesday
The monarch looked to be in excellent spirits as she took in the action at Royal Ascot, one of her favourite days of the year. The 92-year-old was resplendent in powder blue
Guest of honour! The Queen was all smiles today as she stepped into the parade ring at Royal Ascot, known to be one of her favourite events of the year
The Queen teamed her outfit with one of her favourite diamond brooches and a blue hat adorned with pink peonies
Fashion-watchers noted that Sophie had made history as the first royal to wear a jumpsuit at Ascot, after they were introduced to the Royal Enclosure for the first time in 2017.
The mother-of-two stunned in a £1,992 powder blue number by Emilia Wickstead, teamed with an aquamarine hat.
Her Majesty, 92, was picture perfect in a pale blue outfit, teamed with a matching hat adorned with pretty pink flowers.
The monarch rode in the traditional carriage procession to the parade ground with her cousin Princess Alexandra, who was elegant in cream.
The Queen arrived at the course in her traditional carriage procession and among her guests in the royal box are the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Charles was joined by his wife Camilla who paired her green coat with a striking white hat trimmed with floral cut outs
Camilla recycled an eye-catching green coat she wore just a month earlier to a Buckingham Palace Garden party in honour of Prince Charles 70th birthday
The Queen arriving at Royal Ascot in the traditional carriage procession with Princess Alexandra
Prince Charles was accompanied by his wife Camilla, 70, who looked elegant in a green coat dress
The Queen looked delighted to be attending Royal Ascot for the second time this week, as it's known to be one of her favourite events of the year
One has got her hat on! The Queen looked resplendent in a powder blue coat and matching hat, festooned with pink flowers that matched the geraniums in the Royal Enclosure
The monarch, who recently underwent cataract surgery, protected her eyes with dark shades
Camilla, who looked smart in a green coat dress, rode in a carriage with her husband joined by his nephew Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.
And she proved she's not afraid to recycle her old outfits, sporting the same coat she wore to a garden party at Buckingham Palace just a month ago.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, also joined the royal party this afternoon - following the Queen's lead in a blue with a matching hat.
However, she opted for an edgier style and took advantage of the rule that now allows jumpsuits in the royal enclosure, opting for a design by Emilia Wickstead.
Sophie Wessex was joined by her husband Edward who is due to present the trophy for the Duke of Cambridge stakes in the absence of Prince William
The royal paired her Emilia Wickstead jumpsuit with a broad-rimmed powder blue hat
The Princess Royal, who has just become a grandmother again following the birth of Zara and Mike Tindall's second child, was at the Queen's side on day two of Royal Ascot
Prince Charles looked dapper in a top hat and three piece suit as he arrived at Royal Ascot
Charles, 69, looked to be in good spirits as he shook hands and chatted with fellow guests
Charles looked to be in good spirits as he met winners after watching the day's action
Charles and Camilla joined the Queen this afternoon for one of the events she cherishes the most
Her Majesty waved to the crowds as she pulled up in the parade ring with her cousin Princess Alexandra
The Queen enjoyed a chat with her racing manager John Warren (right) in the parade ring
Prince Charles and Camilla were joined in their carriage by Autumn Phillips
Charles later presented the winning prizes in the aptly named Prince of Wales's Stakes.
The Duke of Cambridge stakes takes place this afternoon, but the Earl of Wesex rather that Prince William will be presenting the trophy.
And his wife Kate, who has attended in previous years, is likely to remain at home with her newborn, Prince Louis.
Checking out the goods: The Duchess of Cornwall before the trophy presentation for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes during day two of Royal Ascot on Wednesday
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall prepare to present the trophy for the Prince of Wales's Stake to Poet's Word owner Saeed Suhail
Camilla, 70, wore a pistachio green dress teamed with a show-stopping white hat, while her husband was smart in a grey suit
James Doyle is presented his award for winning the Prince Of Wales's Stakes on Poet's Word alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute celebrates his horse Poet's Word winning the Prince Of Wales's Stakes as he meets Charles and Camilla on Wednesday afternoon
By royal appointment: Charles and Camilla present the trophy for the Prince of Wales's Stake
No pressure! The Queen's horse, Bless Him, ridden by Oisin Murphy before the 5pm Royal Hunt Cup
Watching the action: Billy Lee riding Settle for the Bay wins The Royal Hunt Cup
Also absent from this year's Royal Ascot is Zara Tindal who is recuperating after giving birth to her second child, a baby girl, on Monday.
Royal Ascot racegoers who took a punt on blue as the colour of the Queen's hat were set to cash in this afternoon.
Bookies traditionally take bets on the colour of the head of state's hat, and they hope to have better luck than Tuesday when the favourite yellow was heavily backed.
The royal appeared to be in good spirits as she chatted to a male companion in the royal box
The monarch looked typically animated as she took in the action from the comfort of the royal box
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, followed the Queen's lead by donning a blue dress with a matching hat
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles were joined by Autumn Phillips who opted for a blue ensemble by Beulah London
The Queen, who has a lifelong love or horse racing, looked in her element as she began her afternoon at Ascot
The monarch paused to chat with a fellow racing fan in the parade ring after arriving at Royal Ascot
Her Majesty attended today's events with members of her family, but was not joined by the Duke of Edinburgh
Her Majesty is a keen racing fan and is expected to attend Royal Ascot every day this week
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said they had shortened the odds on blue from 7-2 to 2-1 favourite earlier today, adding: 'We will be feeling blue if another hat horror occurs today.'
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: 'Punters kicked off day two in high spirits after correctly predicting that the Queen would wear a blue hat.
'Tomorrow is Ladies Day, and the early money suggests that Her Majesty will opt for green rather than pink.'
Charles is due to present the winning prizes in the aptly named Prince of Wales's Stakes
Her Majesty was on top form as she chatted to fellow racegoers in the parade ring
The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn made up the royal party
Family outing: The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were joined in their carriage by Peter and Autumn Phillips
At one point, the Queen could be seen enjoying a private chat with her daughter Princess Anne
The two women appeared to be enjoying a chinwag as they took in the action from the royal box
The Queen is also expected to attend tomorrow for the busiest race day with the feature Gold Cup race set to be one of the most prestigious events of the whole festival.
The Queen has had 22 winners over 60 years and in 2013, she became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup with one of her horses when her filly, Estimate, stormed to victory.
She has described her visits to Ascot with her family as among her 'most cherished' memories and has been going to the festival since she was 19-years-old.
Her Majesty arrived by horse drawn carriage as is customary for Royal Ascot
Her Majesty was greeted by fellow racegoers as she arrived in the parade ring by carriage
The Queen was perfectly co-ordinated as ever in a pastel coat over a blue and pink floral dress
Her Majesty was handed a racing booklet so that she could keep up with the action on track
Lady Vestey (left) is a close friend of Prince Charles and comes from one of Britain's richest families