Queen’s Royal Ascot horses take second place as she watches races from home

THE nation was poised to give the Queen’s horses a jubilee win at a scorching Ascot yesterday – but they were pissed twice at the pole.

Tens of thousands of revelers basked in non-stop sunshine as temperatures soared to a sweltering 29C (84F) on the world-famous Ladies Day of the racing event.

The nation was poised to give the Queen's horses a jubilee victory in a scorching Ascot

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The nation was poised to give the Queen’s horses a jubilee victory in a scorching AscotPhoto credit: Getty
From left: Nat Pinkham, Zara Tindall, Anna Woolhouse and Kirsty Gallacher in the Royal Box

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From left: Nat Pinkham, Zara Tindall, Anna Woolhouse and Kirsty Gallacher in the Royal BoxPhoto credit: © Karwai Tang
Adam Kirby on Claymore (left) wins the Hampton Court Stakes during Royal Ascot

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Adam Kirby on Claymore (left) wins the Hampton Court Stakes during Royal AscotPhoto credit: Getty

And it was hot favorite Reach for the Moon that bettors were hoping would romp home for Her Majesty, 96, – who stayed at home at Windsor Castle watching the action on TV.

But jockey Frankie Dettori’s royal ride was surpassed by winner Claymore to finish second. Dettori, 51, also finished second on Saga – another Queen’s horse – while her latest entry, Tactical, finished a disappointing seventh in the last race.

With the sun beating down on horses and racegoers alike, dozens of bettors were treated for heat stroke on the hottest day of the year so far. One employee said: “They fell like flies.”

Meteorologists say conditions will get even hotter today.

Princess Anne, 71, was joined in the royal box by daughter Zara, 41, and son-in-law Mike Tindall, 43.

Celebrities included DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles, 59, with his new girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32, and TV judge Rob Rinder, 44.

I’m A Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo, 27, dazzled in a gold dress as she posed for photos.

And former ‘It girl’ Lady Victoria Hervey, 45, wore a revealing outfit as she arrived on day three of the festival.

ITV race presenter Charlotte Hawkins, 47, and actress Amy Jackson, 30, looked stylish, as did TV presenter Helen Skelton, 38.

Other race-goers wore a rainbow of colors, complete with elegant and flamboyant pink-feathered hats – and even a bird perched in the jungle foliage.

Rob Rinder said: “You really get the sense of joy and excitement – and throw in the royal family, it feels a really inclusive and unique blend of British eccentricities.”

And he joked: “Clare Balding always sends me WhatsApp tips – and they always come last.”

It’s believed the Queen, who has had 24 Royal Ascot winners on the throne in 70 years, is still hoping to be in Berkshire for one of the final two days of the festival.

She has attended every year since ascending the throne in 1952 – except when held behind closed doors during the pandemic.

Her Majesty suffered disappointment at the Epsom Derby after Reach for the Moon canceled their Platinum Jubilee weekend.

TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins

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TV presenter Charlotte HawkinsPhoto credit: Getty
Actress Amy Jackson

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Actress Amy JacksonPhoto credit: Getty
TV's Helen Skelton, left, and pal

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TV’s Helen Skelton, left, and palCredit: Helenskelton/Instagram
Nick Knowles and girlfriend Katie Dadzie

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Nick Knowles and girlfriend Katie DadziePhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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