A horse pulling Princess Beatrice’s carriage at Royal Ascot nearly bolted after being “startled” during today’s royal procession.
Beatrice was sitting next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi when the horse bucked wildly and threatened to derail the show.
Expert riding skills, however, brought the animal under control.
The guests of the races raised their top hats as the royal procession arrived, accompanied by the national anthem.
Beatrice and Edoardo waved to the crowd as they walked up the track.
They followed the path of the first carriage of the procession, which was occupied by the Duke of Kent.
It comes after Kate Middleton and Prince William were praised for their kind gesture to the Queen as they led members of the firm at Royal Ascot yesterday.
The Duke and Duchess were the highest-ranking royals at Ascot Racecourse as they took part in the royal procession yesterday, Express.co.uk reported.
It was Kate and William’s first appearance at this year’s highly anticipated races.
Kate and William shared the carriage with Arthur George Vestey, whose older brother is a close friend of the Duke and a fellow Old Etonian, and his wife Martha.
Arthur is also the son of the Queen’s friend and former Master of the Horse, Baron Samuel Vestey.
The decision to ride with the Vesteys in the carriage was described by royal commentator Richard Eden as a “nice gesture”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Lovely gesture from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to invite Arthur and his wife Martha to travel in their carriage.
Arthur lost both his parents during the pandemic.
“His father, Lord Vestey, often rode in the Queen’s carriage.”
The Cambridges have made numerous public appearances lately, most notably as part of the Queen’s platinum anniversary, with Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte playing key roles in the celebrations.
Kate was seen in a gorgeous black and white polka-dot dress that looked very similar to one her mother-in-law, Princess Diana, wore at the Royal Ascot in 1988.
Members of the royal family including Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall have already enjoyed a day out at the world-famous gathering.
With temperatures reaching 34C (93F) but feeling warmer that Friday, organizers were angry that the dress code would not be enforced in all enclosures and that male participants will be allowed to remove jackets and ties.
Horses competing in the seven races were also cooled in a dedicated fan-atomized room after a recent six-figure investment.
A spokesman said: “Due to the predicted high temperatures tomorrow, the dress code in all enclosures will be relaxed after the arrival of the Royal Procession.
“As temperatures are expected to be high, race goers are welcome in all enclosures to bring water and soft drinks to the racetrack.”
On the welfare of the horses running during rising temperatures, a spokesperson added: “We have raced in Royal Ascot before in temperatures of 32°C – 34°C and Thoroughbred racehorses can run in very high temperatures, including in countries like Dubai and Australia,” the racecourse spokesperson added.
“To ensure their well-being at Royal Ascot, we provide them with plenty of water and ice when necessary. We have also recently invested £700,000 in our new saddle area which is positioned to take advantage of maximum shade and includes horse misting fans to aid in post-race cooling of horses.”