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In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.58 million in prize money.

In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
William Buick riding Ribchester win The Queen Anne Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh make their way in the royal procession during day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
General view on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images for Longines)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Philllips and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
William Buick on Sound and Silence win the Windsor Castle Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
Ryan Moore on Thomas Hobson on their way to victory in the Ascot Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
John Velazquez rides Lady Aurelia clear to win The King's Stand Stakes during day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
James Doyle riding Barney Roy win The St James's Palace Stakes on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
Marching band performing near the Bandstand lawn on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
In pictures: Britain’s most valuable race meeting - Royal Ascot 2017
The Tootsie Rollers are seen on Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Getty Images)