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Royal Ascot has begun, and Queen Elizabeth II was once again joined by various members of the British royal family for the first day of the historic race meeting but she also paid host to another European queen. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands joined her husband King Willem-Alexander for the first day of the event, and the pair were hosted in Queen Elizabeth’s own carriage. Over the next few days, we can expect to see many of our favorite royal faces at the event, which lasts until Saturday and features all kinds of traditions, including a royal carriage procession, plenty of champagne, and plenty of incredible hats. Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and Kate Middleton followed in a carriage behind the queen, with other family members also in attendance. Later in the week, we can expect to see other famous royals join the queen for a bit of fun at the races. Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first Royal Ascot appearance, and while it’s unlikely they will attend this year given the recent birth of baby Archie, Meghan has already proven she’ll pause her maternity leave for important royal events. Ascot is only a stone’s throw away from their home in Windsor, so perhaps we may get a surprise appearance after all?POPSUGAR

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