The Royal Family turn out for the Epsom Derby

Ceri Roberts

It's one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar, and yesterday the Epsom Derby turned out to be the biggest public gathering of the Royal Family since Kate and William's April wedding.

The Queen and Prince Philip were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra. Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, a member of a racing syndicate who had a horse running in the race, also mingled with the crowd.

Kate looked chic in a collarless off-white jacket and short white dress, accessorised with a '40s-style hat. William and Harry wore top hat and tails and the Queen was dressed head-to-toe in bright pink.

The 120,000-strong crowd seemed to be most interested in the goings on on the Royal Balcony, especially as the younger members of the family jumped and cheered with excitement.

Even the Queen's horse, Carlton House, putting in a disappointing performance did nothing to dampen their spirits.

Despite being the 5/2 bookies' favourite, he lost a show midway through the race and finished in third place.

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