Royal Ascot 2018: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the opening day

The pair travelled in the third carriage and joined HM The Queen on the first day of the prestigious race meet...

Royal Ascot got off to a great start today and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among those in attendance. HM The Queen opted for a bright yellow outfit, with Meghan Markle choosing a chic monochrome style for her first appearance at Royal Ascot.

The crowds cheered throughout the Royal Parade, which reached its climax at 2.15pm and Meghan Markle was particularly well-received by loyal race goers, with many calling her name loudly from the stands. The Duchess of Sussex smiled warmly and waved at the many fans who were eager to catch a glimpse of the new Royal.

Among other VIP guests and celebrities to attend the opening day of Royal Ascot were Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Kelly Brook, Lizzie Cundy and Emily Blackwell. Floral patterns were seen on many dresses and guests also embraced vibrant summer colours.