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Summary

  1. The going is soft again after yesterday's rain
  2. Gates opened at the Berkshire racecourse at 10:30 on Wednesday 15 June
  3. Kate and Wills will join the Queen at today's races
  4. The feature race is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan, Tim Dellor, Adam Whitty and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

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  1. Follow all the race coverage at BBC Sport

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    The Queen is here, Wills and Kate are here, that bloke from One Direction's here and the horse racing is about to start. 

    Radio Four's tip for the 2.30 Jersey Stakes is Gifted Master, and we'll be back tomorrow with more pictures, stories and news in the build-up to Royal Ascot

    In the meantime follow BBC Sport's coverage of the racing, and you can listen live to the racing on BBC Berkshire

    Royal Ascot
  2. Young Royal's visit to Ascot brilliant for future of the sport

    Tim Dellor

    BBC Berkshire sport editor

    "This is the first time William and Kate have been to Royal Ascot, but it's particularly important for the future of the sport. 

    "The Queen's love of horses is well-known, but it's vital that younger members of the Royal Family become brand ambassadors for this fantastic sport." 

    Wiliiam and Kate
  3. Celebrities flock to Royal Ascot in style

    Eddie Jordan and wife Marie Jordan during day two of Royal Ascot 2016
    Image caption: Eddie Jordan and wife Marie Jordan
    Olivia Grant
    Image caption: Olivia Grant
    Victoria Pendleton
    Image caption: Victoria Pendleton
    Amy Willerton
    Image caption: Amy Willerton
  4. Queen braves the weather with colour-coordinated brolly

    As the Royal Procession begins with light showers, Prince Phillip shows dogged determination and has put his umbrella down but Her Majesty has come well prepared for the typical weather, with a colour-coordinated brolly. 

    Queen

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall follow in the second carriage. 

    Charles and Camilla

    And William and Kate are bringing up the rear in the fourth horse-drawn carriage.

    William and Kate
  5. Royal Procession begins at Ascot

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    The Queen is dressed in a silk print dress in shades of cyclamen pink, ivory and latte with a matching hat. We'll post pictures once we get them. 

  6. Duke and Duchess arrive at Royal Ascot

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have just arrived at Royal Ascot. Unfortunately we won't know about the Queen's hat until 14:00 BST. 

    William and Kate Middleton
  7. Rain, thunder and lightning

    Tlaloc, the god of rain, must have something against horse racing as the heavens have opened just before the Royal Procession in seven minutes. 

    We hope there are umbrellas in those horse-drawn carriages. 

    Umbrellas royal ascot
  8. Today's full race schedule

    BBC Sport

    Our friends at BBC Sport have the line up for this afternoon's racing for you. 

    Full race schedule: (Time, race, status, distance)

    14.30 The Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f

    15.05 The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 5f

    15.40 The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 1m

    16.20 The Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) 1 ¼m

    17.00 The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 1m

    17.35 The Sandringham Stakes (Listed) (Handicap) 1m

  9. Three of the Queen's horses will run today

    The Princess Royal gives an interesting insight into her mother's commitment to horse racing in Britain. 

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    Quote Message: Royal Ascot's history is quite well known. But it has a history of its own as a place and in the history of thoroughbred racing in Britain. Maintaining that has been in Her Majesty's interest." from Princess Royal
    Princess Royal
  10. Let's hope an afternoon shower won't reign on the Queen's parade

    It's just started to rain in Ascot, but there are hopes that the light shower will ease before the Royal Procession at 14:00 BST. 

    Unfortunately if there are showers today, BBC Weather's Bee Tucker predicts they will be heavy and slow-moving. 

    Later in the week it's a veritable smorgasbord of grey, with cloudy weather predicted on Thursday and Friday. 

  11. Awkward Ascot interviews

    Some were star-struck, some had never heard of him.

    But when One Direction band member Niall Horan arrived at Ascot today, BBC Radio Berkshire only managed to extract three rather awkward words from the star.

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    Video caption: Niall from One Direction failed to impress sports editor Tim Dellor at the race meet.

    Sports editor Tim Dellor described it as "the most unimpressive performance" by a celebrity that he could remember.

    He might have a short memory.

    Last year he had a similarly brief conversation with actor Damian Lewis.

    There were six questions and three one-word answers in a rather uncomfortable 17 seconds of radio.

    Video content

    Video caption: We look back to when Tim Dellor interviewed Damian Lewis in a rather awkward fashion.

    If it were having an awkward-interview-off competition, Niall Horan's three words surely triumph time-wise. 

    But Damian Lewis's abruptness may well make it a tie.

    Either way, the curse of the awkward Royal Ascot interview has struck again.

  12. 'Local racing is in good health'

    Tim Dellor

    BBC Berkshire sport editor

    "Eighteen of today’s runners are trained in Berkshire. A first and second in the King’s Stand Stakes for Berkshire trainers yesterday suggested local racing is in good health. 

    "The quality extends beyond the yard’s of Clive Cox and Charlie Hills though. Today nine different Berkshire trainers have runners on the card.

    "Mick Channon and Andrew Balding are well known names, but there are also upcoming trainers like Joseph Tuite and Owen Burrows who will be worth keeping an eye on in the next few seasons.

    "There is no official Lambourn v Newmarket competition, but if there was it would be 1-0 to the Valley of the Racehorse after the big races on Day one." 

  13. 'Wherever the Queen is, we are'

    Our reporter Anoushka Williams met Colin and Roger, two of Her Majesty's Green Coats.

    Green Coats you say?

    Video content

    Video caption: We meet two of Her Majesty's Green Coats, who volunteer to help the Queen at Royal Ascot.

    They work in a ceremonial role at Royal Ascot, helping the Queen and the Royal Family throughout the event. 

    As you will discover, there is a huge amount of history behind the role.

  14. Will Radio Four redress the balance in today's Ascot tips? Probably not

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    It's the second day of Ascot and Japanese horse A Shin Hikari is tipped for glory in the 4.20 Prince of Wales Stakes, but the Grauniad is gunning for 16-1 outsider My Dream Boat.  

    A Shin Hikari

    But less of that, now to the economy of diminishing returns that is Radio Four's racing tips. Yesterday there was not a sausage, hopefully the Today Programme will fair better on day two. 

    • 2.30 Jersey Stakes, Gifted Master
    • 3.40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes, Jazzi Top 
  15. Take our tour of Ascot

    The journey from the parade ring to the racecourse itself is one that thousands and thousands of people will make this week.

    Have a look at what the punters will see as Tim Dellor takes you round the ground on a tour of Royal Ascot.

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    Video caption: Tim Dellor takes us on a tour from the parade ring to the racecourse at Royal Ascot.
  16. Wills and Kate confirmed at Royal Ascot

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been confirmed as royal visitors to Ascot this afternoon. They will be in the fourth carriage in the Royal Procession. 

    Queen Royal Ascot

    Yesterday the rain stopped just before the Queen went down the racecourse in her carriage, with Prince Phillip and Harry.