Kate Middleton wows in polka dot dress as she and Prince William lead Royals at Ascot while Queen, 96, stays at home

KATE Middleton wowed in polka dots today as she and Prince William joined racegoers at Ascot.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked effortlessly elegant as she led the Royal procession with the Duke of Cambridge in Berkshire on Friday afternoon.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the fourth day of Ascot todayCredit: Splash
Kate looked effortlessly elegant in an Alessandra Rich polka dot dress

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Kate looked effortlessly elegant in an Alessandra Rich polka dot dressCredit: Splash
The Duke and Duchess were all smiles as they waved at racegoers

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The Duke and Duchess were all smiles as they waved at racegoersCredit: Splash
Kate was later left open-mouthed when she appeared to pick a Royal Ascot winner

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Kate was later left open-mouthed when she appeared to pick a Royal Ascot winnerCredit: Getty

The beaming couple have not attended Royal Ascot since 2019 and waved at cheering onlookers as crowds in the parade ring caught a glimpse of them.

And Kate, 40, was later left open-mouthed with joy when she appeared to pick a Royal Ascot winner.

The Duchess looked at a guest in the royal box in shock after Perfect Power won the Commonwealth Cup and William came over to his wife grinning.

The couple shared a few more glances before they disappeared, presumably for the royal to collect her winnings.

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Kate kept cool in a £1,970 Alessandra Rich polka dot dress as temperatures soared, completing her look with a bespoke Sally-Ann Provan hat and Princess Diana’s diamond and pearl earrings.

The Princess of Wales wore a similar outfit to Ascot in 1988, while Wills today smiled through the heat, donning a suit, waistcoat and hat.

The Cambridges arrived in the traditional carriage procession leading the group of royal guests but again the Queen was missing from the famous racecourse.

In the following carriage was Peter Phillips and his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace, who attended a number of events with the Queen’s grandson over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

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The Queen, 96, who watched yesterday’s action on the telly from Windsor, did not attend today’s event.

It is likely Her Majesty was watching the fourth day of races from home in “her comfy clothes” – as she did when she missed Epsom Derby Day earlier this month.

And the monarch, who had two horses running today, had plenty to cheer for – despite two of her star racers being pipped at the post on Thursday’s Ladies Day.

The Queen’s hot favorite Reach for the Moon and jockey Frankie Dettori were yesterday outdone by winner Claymore.

Dettori, 51, also came second on Saga—another of the Queen’s horses—while her final entry Tactical came a disappointing seventh in the final race.

It came as tens of thousands of revellers basked in unbroken sunshine as temperatures sizzled to a blistering 29C (84F) on the racing event’s world-famous Ladies Day.

As the sun blazed on horses and racegoers alike, dozens were treated for heatstroke on the hottest day of the year so far.

One staff member said: “They were dropping like flies.”

Meanwhile, weather forecasters have warned conditions will get even hotter today.

Predicted high temperatures have meant men in all enclosures will be allowed to remove their jackets and ties once the traditional royal carriage procession has ended, usually just after 2pm.

Stephen Dixon, spokesman for the Met Office, said: “One thing we are keeping an eye on is Royal Ascot.

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“The highest maximum temperature we’ve had on a day is 32.8 degrees, which is taken from a nearby station in Reading near Royal Ascot.”

He added: “It’s looking like it could be around 31 degrees in Reading today, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of it perhaps rising into 32, and then obviously getting closer to that record, but it’s something that might be quite close to being the hottest Royal Ascot on record.”

Kate teamed her Alessandra Rich polka dot dress as temperatures soared, completing her look with a bespoke Sally-Ann Provan hat

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Kate teamed her Alessandra Rich polka dot dress as temperatures soared, completing her look with a bespoke Sally-Ann Provan hatCredit: PA
The duchess donned Princess Diana's diamond and pearl earrings for the occasion

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The duchess donned Princess Diana’s diamond and pearl earrings for the occasionCredit: PA
She and Wills appeared delighted as they made their way through the Berkshire event, the first time they have attended since 2019

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She and Wills appeared delighted as they made their way through the Berkshire event, the first time they have attended since 2019Credit: Rex
Peter Phillips and his partner Lindsay Wallace joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today

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Peter Phillips and his partner Lindsay Wallace joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge todayCredit: PA
Carrie Johnson is among those attending the fourth day of racing today

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Carrie Johnson is among those attending the fourth day of racing todayCredit: James Whatling
Punters are preparing for another day of scorching heat as forecasters warn temperatures will arise

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Punters are preparing for another day of scorching heat as forecasters warn temperatures will ariseCredit: Reuters
The nation was willing the Queen's horses to give her a Jubilee win at a scorching Ascot yesterday

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The nation was willing the Queen’s horses to give her a Jubilee win at a scorching Ascot yesterdayCredit: Getty
From left, Nat Pinkham, Zara Tindall, Anna Woolhouse and Kirsty Gallacher in the royal box on Thursday

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From left, Nat Pinkham, Zara Tindall, Anna Woolhouse and Kirsty Gallacher in the royal box on ThursdayCredit: ©Karwai Tang
Adam Kirby riding Claymore (left) wins The Hampton Court Stakes during Royal Ascot

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Adam Kirby riding Claymore (left) wins The Hampton Court Stakes during Royal AscotCredit: Getty

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