Prince William and Kate Middleton to make a surprise appearance at Royal Ascot

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to attend day four of Royal Ascot, whilst the Queen remains at home.

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Prince William and Kate will travel in the lead carriage in the traditional royal procession which kicks off before the races. They will be joined by Arthur Vestey and his wife Martha. His late father, Lord Vestey, served as Master of the Horse to the Queen and would often ride in Her Majesty’s carriage.

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The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips will take his seat in the second carriage alongside his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace as well as the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, while the Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough will travel in the third carriage with Mr and Mrs Darby Dennis.

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Prince William and Kate’s attendance on the penultimate day of Royal Ascot comes as a surprise since the royal family usually make appearances in the first three days of the annual horse-racing event.

Meanwhile, the Queen has not yet made an appearance at Royal Ascot this year, but there’s no doubt she’ll be eagerly following the races from home.

Prince William and Kate at Ascot in 2019

The 96-year-old monarch is a keen equestrian and racegoer and events like Royal Ascot and the Royal Windsor Horse Show are highlights in her diary. But due to her episodic mobility issues, it’s understood that the Queen has been enjoying the Berkshire races from the comfort of her house.

Prince Charles and Camilla attended days one and two of Royal Ascot this week, leading the royal procession by riding in the first carriage. They left an empty space in their carriage on both days as a sign of respect for Her Majesty who would normally be in attendance.

Carrie Johnson pictured at Royal Ascot on Friday

Other members of the royal family who have stepped out this week include Prince Edward and Sophie, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Zara and Mike Tindall, and Princess Anne.

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