Duchess of Cambridge attends her first Ascot

Duchess of Cambridge is attending her first Royal Ascot Races today (15.06.16).

Duchess of Cambridge attends her first Ascot

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Royal Ascot races for the first time today (15.06.16).

The 34-year-old royal is set to visit the popular racing event with her husband Prince William, following the Queen and Prince Harry's appearance on the opening day yesterday.

The races are attended by 300,00 people every year and Catherine will join them to watch the world's finest racehorses compete for more than £6.58milllion in prize money.

Queen Elizabeth is a keen supporter of Ascot and watched her horse, Estimate, triumph in the Gold Cup in 2013.

Revellers are permitted to bring their own picnics and "To embrace the celebratory nature of Royal Ascot one bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne is permitted per person" according to their website.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge is a keen sportswomen herself, and has praised sport for giving "mental strength it gives us all".

Speaking at SportsAid's 40th Anniversary dinner, she said: "Some of you may know that I love sport. I love cheering on teams and athletes that I am passionate about. I love the physical challenge sport presents and the mental strength it gives us all. And I love the way it so often brings people together to work as part of a team.

The Duchess - who has Princess Charlotte, 13 months, and Prince George, two, with the Duke of Cambridge - is looking forward to watching another sporting event, the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil later this summer.

She added: "With little over 50 days to go until the Games begin in Rio, the next Olympiad is almost here. As we did in London in 2012, we will see a new generation of sporting stars emerge into the spotlight."

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