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.   

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Sophie takes in the action

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 

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

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

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

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 

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 

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 

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

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 

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 

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

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

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 

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 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

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 

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, 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 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 

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 

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 

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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 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

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 

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 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 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

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 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 

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

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 

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 

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 

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

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 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 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 

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 

 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 

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 

Lady Vestey (left) is a close friend of Prince Charles and comes from one of Britain's richest families 

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The Queen is picture perfect in pastel blue for Royal Ascot

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