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Simon Cowell looks dapper while Charlotte Hawkins dazzles as they lead the stars at Royal Ascot

It’s one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar.

And Simon Cowell cut a very dapper figure while Charlotte Hawkins pulled out all the stops with a blue ensemble as they led the stars attending day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on Friday.

The music mogul, 61, looked sharp in a slick morning suit as he blissfully strolled into the venue on the rainy day.

Sharp: Simon Cowell cut a very dapper figure in a slick morning suit as he arrived for day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on Friday

Stunning: Charlotte Hawkins pulled out all the stops with a blue ensemble as she and Simon led the stars at the glamorous event

Stunning: Charlotte Hawkins pulled out all the stops with a blue ensemble as she and Simon led the stars at the glamorous event

Hoping for some sun, Simon teamed his black tailcoat and grey trousers with a pair of black sunglasses, while he carried his essentials in a brown briefcase.

The X Factor judge was without his partner Lauren Silverman or ex Sinitta, both of whom accompanied him on day one of the event.

Meanwhile, Charlotte, 46, dazzled in a stunning blue mid-length dress, which she wore with an elaborate matching fascinator and shoes.

The Good Morning Britain star, who added a pair of delicate silver drop earrings, looked radiant as she posed for snaps as she attended yet another day at the races. 

Also in attendance was This Morning chef Clodagh McKenna who looked elegant in a billowing pale pink dress and burgundy headband.

She appeared in good spirits as she posed with partner Harry Herbert. 

While former Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson in a pretty pink number and a matching fascinator, with the actress added a black clutch bag and heels.

Meanwhile, former Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop looked effortlessly chic in a cream trouser suit and fancy head piece. 

Blue-tiful: The Good Morning Britain star, who added a pair of delicate silver drop earrings, looked radiant as she posed for snaps as she attended yet another day at the races

Blue-tiful: The Good Morning Britain star, who added a pair of delicate silver drop earrings, looked radiant as she posed for snaps as she attended yet another day at the races

Racegoers at the event were forced to brave the rain and avoid sizable puddles as the heavens opened on Friday, which is in stark contrast to the glorious weather that graced day one.  

Royal Ascot is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the Covid-19 pandemic in July. 

Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported the Queen, 95, – an avid horse racing fan – would not attend this year’s Ascot because of ongoing restrictions.   

Ascot had been planning for an attendance of 4,000 a day. The new figure will allow all those who rolled over 2020 bookings to be accommodated with a ‘material but not significant’ number of tickets left over, according to a track spokesperson.

Lovely: Also in attendance was This Morning chef Clodagh McKenna who looked elegant in a billowing pale pink dress and burgundy headband

Lovely: Also in attendance was This Morning chef Clodagh McKenna who looked elegant in a billowing pale pink dress and burgundy headband

Happy couple: She appeared in good spirits as she posed with partner Harry Herbert

Happy couple: She appeared in good spirits as she posed with partner Harry Herbert

The number of spectators will be well below the usual attendance of over 300,000 over the five days but the increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, whose 73 royal meeting victories have only been bettered by Lester Piggott (116). 

Dettori, who was leading rider at the royal meeting for the seventh time last year, said: ‘There’s nothing better than Royal Ascot with people. I know it’s not 60,000 (a day) but it’s better than what we thought. 

‘Last year I was leading rider at Royal Ascot and won three Group Ones, including the Gold Cup. To have nobody there to see any of that, it was like someone had cut my arm off.

‘Those are the biggest races we’ve got here and I won them in front of empty grandstands. It goes without saying it wasn’t the same.’

Looking pretty in pink

Lovely: While former Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson in a pretty pink number and a matching fascinator, with the actress added a black clutch bag and heels 

Looking good: Meanwhile, former Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop looked effortlessly chic in a cream trouser suit and fancy head piece

Looking good: Meanwhile, former Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop looked effortlessly chic in a cream trouser suit and fancy head piece

Oh dear! Racegoers at the event were forced to brave the rain and avoid sizable puddles as the heavens opened on Friday

Oh dear! Racegoers at the event were forced to brave the rain and avoid sizable puddles as the heavens opened on Friday

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed. 

With the clue in the name, Royal Ascot is hugely popular with the monarchy and Her Majesty is usually a regular at the event. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, she had attended every year since ascending the throne. 

Last year, dedicated Royal Ascot showed off their finest frocks and fascinators while celebrating the fourth day of the racing meet at home. 

Even the most committed fans were left watching jockeys riding, wearing face masks, broadcast virtually.

Among the racing enthusiasts who stayed at home was the Queen, who has been forced to watch the event from Windsor Castle for the first time in her 68-year reign.

In an emotional note shared last year, Her Majesty praised the ‘valiant’ efforts of organisers and said she is sure it will still be the ‘highlight’ of the racing calendar, despite the ‘different’ circumstances.

Taking the leap: The wet and windy weather is in stark contrast to the glorious weather that graced day one

Taking the leap: The wet and windy weather is in stark contrast to the glorious weather that graced day one


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