Princess Beatrice sat next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as the horse pulling her carriage at Royal Ascot bucked wildly, although expert horsemanship brought the animal under control
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A horse pulling Princess Beatrice’s carriage at Royal Ascot almost bolted after being “scared” during today’s royal procession.
Beatrice sat next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi when the horse bucked wildly, threatening to derail the show.
But expert horsemanship brought the beast under control.
Guests at the races raised their top hats as the royal procession arrived to the sound of the national anthem.
Beatrice and Edoardo waved to the crowd as they walked up the circuit.
They followed the path of the first carriage of the procession, occupied by the Duke of Kent.
It comes after Kate Middleton and Prince William were praised for their kind gesture to the Queen as they introduced members of the company at Royal Ascot yesterday.
The Duke and Duchess were the senior royals at Ascot Racecourse as they took part in yesterday’s royal procession. Express.co.uk reported.
It was Kate and William’s first appearance at the highly anticipated races this year.
Kate and William shared the carriage with the Honorable Arthur George Vestey, whose elder brother is a close friend of the Duke and also an Old Etonian, and his wife Martha.
Arthur is also the son of the Queen’s friend and former Master of the Horse, Baron Samuel Vestey.
The decision to ride in the carriage with the Vesteys was described as a “beautiful gesture” by royal commentator Richard Eden.
He wrote on Twitter: “Nice gesture by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to invite Arthur and his wife Martha to travel in their carriage.
“Arthur lost both of his parents during the pandemic.
“His father, Lord Vestey, often rode in the Queen’s carriage.”
The Cambridges have made numerous public appearances lately, most notably in support of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte playing key roles in the celebrations.
Kate wore a beautiful black and white polka dot dress that looked very similar to the one her mother-in-law Princess Diana wore to Royal Ascot in 1988.
Members of the royal family including Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall have already enjoyed a day at the world-famous gathering.
With temperatures reaching 34°C (93°F) but feeling hotter on Friday, organizers were upset that the dress code would not be enforced in all enclosures and male participants would be allowed to remove jackets and ties.
Horses competing in the seven races were also cooled in a dedicated area with mist fans following a recent six-figure investment.
A spokesman said: “Due to the high temperatures forecast tomorrow, the dress code will be relaxed in all enclosures after the arrival of the royal procession.
“Since high temperatures are to be expected, race visitors are allowed to bring water and soft drinks to the racetrack in all enclosures.”
On the welfare of horses running as temperatures soar, a spokesman added: “We have raced in temperatures of 32C to 34C at Royal Ascot before and thoroughbred racehorses can run in very hot temperatures, including in countries like Dubai and Australia. ‘ added the racecourse spokesman.
“To ensure their well-being at Royal Ascot we are providing them with plenty of water and ice if required. We have also recently invested £700,000 in our new unsaddling area which is positioned to benefit from maximum shade and has horse spray fans to help with after treatment. Racing cooling of horses.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-horse-pulling-princess-beatrices-27268968 The horse pulling Princess Beatrice and her husband at Ascot loses control after being 'scared'