Charles and Camilla make first appearance at Royal Ascot as new King and Queen

Britain's King Charles III (L) and Britain's Queen Camilla arrive to attend the races on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting, in Ascot, west of London, on June 20, 203. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The Royal couple waved to racegoers as they entered the track at Ascot (Picture: Getty)

Charles and Camilla paid a touching tribute to the Queen and her love of horses as they attended Royal Ascot for the first time since taking the throne.

The Royal couple heralded a new era for Ascot when they attended the sporting event for the first time in their new roles, wishing racegoers luck.

They swept on to the Berkshire course in the traditional carriage procession, and in a joint foreword for the official programme paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s ‘lifelong interest’ in the racing event.

The pair waved to the crowds who filled the grandstand on the first of five days of racing and were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Wellington in their carriage.

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Behind them travelled the Princess Royal with Camilla’s younger sister Annabel Elliot, the Queen’s nephew Sir Ben Elliot, former co-chair of the Conservative Party knighted in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list, and his wife Lady Elliot, daughter of musician Steve Winwood.

The late Queen was a passionate racehorse breeder and had more than 20 Royal Ascot winners during her 70-year reign.

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In memory of her commitment to the event the race – Platinum Jubilee Stakes- has been renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee stakes.

Before the carriage rides old footage from the Queen’s most memorable Royal Ascot moments was played on the big screens and was applauded by the crowds at the end.

Charles and his wife, who have taken on the late monarch’s thoroughbreds, will be carrying on her tradition and have entered a string of horses over the next five days.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Marsh/Shutterstock (13975273z) King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla arrive in the Royal Procession. Royal Ascot, Day One, Horse Racing, Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, UK - 20 Jun 2023
They took part in a Royal procession on the first day(Picture: James Marsh/Shutterstock)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla arriving on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. Picture date: Tuesday June 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
The King doffed his hat to fans in the stands(Picture: PA)
Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain - June 20, 2023 Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla are pictured during the Royal procession REUTERS/Andrew Boyers
Thousands of people will attend Royal Ascot in the coming days (Picture: REUTERS)

The official programme featured Charles and Camilla’s intertwined cyphers on the cover and in their joint foreword said: ‘We are happy in the knowledge that this historic race meeting continues to be a key influence on the global racing and breeding industries.

‘The royal meeting always played a central role in her late majesty Queen Elizabeth’s calendar and the naming of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes will be a most appropriate way to mark this lifelong interest.

‘A photographic exhibition in the Grandstand will also celebrate the late Queen’s close association with Royal Ascot, including images of some of her 24 winners.

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: King Charles III travels down the course on day one during Royal Ascot 2023 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2023 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Charles is expected to follow on in his mother’s footsteps after they both shared a passion for horse racing (Picture: Getty)
Princess Beatrice, centre, gestures as she arrives for day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting, at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 20, 2023.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Princess Beatrice was among the other Royals who took part in the precession (Credits: AP)

‘We are sure that this exhibition will prompt many happy memories.’

They went on to say: ‘Finally, we wish the very best of good fortune to all the owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and hardworking stable staff with runners this week.

‘It is a huge and rare achievement to have a runner at Royal Ascot and we very much hope that you all enjoy the experience.’

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