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Mike and Zara Tindall lead the glamour on the first day of Royal Ascot

Zara, 36, and Mike Tindall, 42, appeared in high spirits as they arrived at the races today, marking their first public outing together since they welcomed their new baby in March.

The Royal Family turned out in force for the first day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday as 12,000 revellers brushed aside any disappointment over the delay to Freedom Day to kick off the five-day meet in style. 

Adagio Iced Tea - Buy TodayOne notable exception to the royal line-up was the Queen, 95, but Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were spotted taking a keen interest in the races as her horse King’s Lynn took part in the King’s Stand Stakes -finishing in seventh place.

Camilla looked animated as she clutched her racing program in the royal box, while discussing the action with her husband.  

They were joined by Mike and Zara Tindall making their first public appearance since the birth of their son Lucas in March, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex at the Berkshire racecourse for the annual family event.   

The Queen missed Royal Ascot for only the second time in 69 years. Her Majesty’s racing manager confirmed the monarch would not be attending yesterday but is hoping to make it later in the week depending on ‘how things go’.  

A total of 12,000 revellers have been granted tickets to each day of Royal Ascot as part of a list of pilot events taking place before the possible lifting of all lockdown restrictions next month.  

On  Monday Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to ‘Freedom Day’ – and to the ending of all social distancing measures – but any disappointment looked far from the minds revellers as they cheered on the riders and sipped Pimm’s in the sunshine.

After a year of being stuck indoors, glamorous racegoers were eager to dust off their glad rags and put on a dazzling display in vibrant frocks and extravagant hats.  Many showcased one of the latest summer trends: protective face masks made from the same fabric as their dress or suit. 

New mother Zara, 40, and ex-England rugby player Mike, 42, appeared in particularly high spirits as they enjoyed a day out without their three children and cheered on their riders with gusto. 

Meanwhile Princess Anne got into the spirits of things by wearing a face mask emblazoned with jockeys’ silks. Read more: daily mail