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Charlotte Hawkins leads the stars arriving for day two of Royal Ascot 


Charlotte Hawkins looks demure in a satin shirt dress with pretty floral embellishments as she leads the stars arriving for day two of Royal Ascot

It’s one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar. 

And, Charlotte Hawkins led the stars arriving for day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, on Wednesday.

The broadcaster, 46, looked demure in a silver satin shirt dress with pretty floral embellishments, which she teamed with a salmon pink fascinator. 

And they’re off! Charlotte Hawkins, 46, led the stars arriving for day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, on Wednesday

Charlotte’s silver frock boasted elbow-length sleeves and a flattering A-line midi skirt.

The collar of her dress featured brightly coloured flowers, which also covered the front of her waist belt.  

The presenter had her blonde tresses tucked into a stylish up-do beneath her eye-catching fascinator.  

Stunning: The broadcaster looked demure in a satin shirt dress with pretty floral embellishments (Pictured with racing presenter Francesca Cumani, 38)

Stunning: The broadcaster looked demure in a satin shirt dress with pretty floral embellishments (Pictured with racing presenter Francesca Cumani, 38)

Royal Ascot is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the Covid-19 pandemic in July.  

Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported the Queen, 95, – an avid horse racing fan – would not attend this year’s Ascot because of ongoing restrictions.   

Ascot had been planning for an attendance of 4,000 a day. The new figure will allow all those who rolled over 2020 bookings to be accommodated with a ‘material but not significant’ number of tickets left over, according to a track spokesperson.

Sublime: Charlotte teamed her silver frock with a salmon pink fascinator

Sublime: Charlotte teamed her silver frock with a salmon pink fascinator

The number of spectators will be well below the usual attendance of over 300,000 over the five days but the increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, whose 73 royal meeting victories have only been bettered by Lester Piggott (116).    

Dettori, who was leading rider at the royal meeting for the seventh time last year, said: ‘There’s nothing better than Royal Ascot with people. I know it’s not 60,000 (a day) but it’s better than what we thought. 

‘Last year I was leading rider at Royal Ascot and won three Group Ones, including the Gold Cup. To have nobody there to see any of that, it was like someone had cut my arm off.

‘Those are the biggest races we’ve got here and I won them in front of empty grandstands. It goes without saying it wasn’t the same.’ 

Finishing touches: Adding a dash of glitz to her look, Charlotte slipped into a pair of jewel-embellished stilettos

Finishing touches: Adding a dash of glitz to her look, Charlotte slipped into a pair of jewel-embellished stilettos

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed. 

With the clue in the name, Royal Ascot is hugely popular with the monarchy and Her Majesty is usually a regular at the event. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, she had attended every year since ascending the throne. 

Last year, dedicated Royal Ascot showed off their finest frocks and fascinators while celebrating the fourth day of the racing meet at home. 

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