There was drama at Royal Ascot today when the horse pulling Princess Beatrice’s procession carriage was startled.
The incident, which took place in front of hundreds of spectators, was quickly brought under control by royal escorts.
The watching king seemed concerned about the drama before later stepping out of the carriage, smiling and unharmed.
The 33-year-old took part with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on the fifth day of the event, which is one of the biggest on the racing calendar.
Princess Beatrice, seen in the background of this photo, was in a horse-drawn carriage when one of the horses became frightened
The Queen appeared concerned when the incident happened upon her arrival on day five of Royal Ascot and is seen here grabbing the side of the carriage
She later exited the carriage unharmed after royal escorts brought the frightened horse under control. She is pictured here exiting the vehicle
Traditionally, the royal couple arrived in a horse-drawn carriage on the fifth and final day of the event.
They were joined in the carriage by Professor Douglas Antczak and Mrs Douglas Antczak, while the Duke of Kent arrived in a separate carriage.
However, when their procession arrived, one of the horses pulling the carriage was startled.
Royal escorts quickly moved in to control the horse and keep the others calm while the mother-of-one watched from behind.
She seemed to get over the shock quickly, however, and was soon pictured smiling as she stepped out of the carriage to enjoy the day’s races.
One of the horses pulling the carriage gave a start when it arrived at Royal Ascot, causing concern in the procession
Escorts quickly rushed over to bring the horse under control and prevent the other horses from being startled at the same time
Princess Beatrice, who was in the second carriage of the royal procession, was unharmed and appeared to laugh after the incident
The mother-of-one was seen smiling and laughing in conversation after the incident, which took place in front of hundreds of people today
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured) set off for Ascot in a carriage they shared with Professor Douglas Antczak and Mrs Douglas Antczak (pictured).
She attended the event in an intimate ceremony in Windsor with her husband Edoardo, whom she married on July 17, 2020.
In recent years, the real estate developer has become more involved in royal life and is often present.
Today’s appearance was just one of several high-profile outings the Queen has taken with her Italian property developer husband in recent weeks.
And the pair certainly made sure to dress for the occasion.
Beatrice opted for a navy blue midi dress with a white polka dot print. She paired the dress with a sleek navy and white fascinator and black heeled pumps.
To finish off the look, she wore her long locks loose and flowy and chose a simple makeup look with clear skin and a natural lip, accentuating her eyes with a dark smoky shadow.
Meanwhile, Edoardo donned a traditional top hat and long coat over a yellow waistcoat and navy tie. To ward off the drizzle, he carried a large umbrella.
The royal couple, Princess Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, were photographed having fun at Ascot ahead of the horse races
The couple dressed elegantly for their day, with the royal donning a navy blue and white polka dot dress while her husband opted for a traditional suit
The procession of carriages is one of the traditions at Royal Ascot. Earlier in the week, royals including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (not pictured) were snapped arriving in one
The Duke of Kent (pictured) was another king who took part in the carriage procession today, although he did not ride in the same carriage as Beatrice and Edoardo
All in white, familiar faces Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey made their way to Berkshire Racecourse for the final day of racing
The five-day event has seen a number of high-profile attendees, including senior royals such as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Kate Middleton, 40, also appeared at Ascot this year alongside husband Prince William, 39.
Although horses run at several events, the Queen has not attended society’s most popular event due to ongoing mobility issues.
But the event drew some familiar faces, including reality star Georgia Toffolo and Lady Victoria Hervey.
In today’s race, underdog Naval Crown won the £1million Platinum Jubilee Stakes with a 33/1 while Noble Truth won the Jersey Stakes.
For the previous three days of racing spectacle, Ascot had been bathed in bright sunshine, with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F), prompting organizers to relax dress codes.
However, on the fifth and final day, classic British summer weather returned with chilly winds and intermittent showers, prompting some bettors to take cover or hide under umbrellas.