Duchess Kate and Prince William Accompany the Queen at This Year's Royal Ascot

Kate Middleton looked radiant as she arrived in a carriage wearing a sheer pale blue dress for the much-anticipated annual event -- the Royal Ascot.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Queen Elizabeth for the Royal Ascot; a much-awaited five-day horse race event, which began on Tuesday. The royal couple shared a carriage Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the short distance ride from Windsor Castle to the racecourse.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attended the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week. Before the dinner, The Duchess of Cambridge met former Action on Addiction clients Jay Otty and Melanie Bennett, who worked to prepare food for the gala dinner. Jay is a key member of the ‘front of house’ staff at @Brink_Liverpool – Action on Addiction’s ‘dry bar’ in the city. He has worked in the hospitality industry for seven years, having now been clean and sober for nine years. Melanie says that Action on Addiction’s Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme, which taught her coping mechanisms and new behaviours, and started the grieving process for her father which she had been blocking for ten years, helped saved her life. Speaking at the dinner, The Duchess said: "What’s remarkable about Action on Addiction is that it goes beyond helping those who are suffering on the courageous journey into recovery – it also lends direct support to the children and families affected by addiction – for as long as it takes." Action on Addiction is the only UK addictions charity that works across all the areas of research, treatment, family support and professional education. The aim of Addiction Awareness Week is to provide a platform for focused conversations about the many different facets of addiction, to enable a wide range of organisations to engage with people and families who may be affected by addiction, and to raise public awareness of the far-reaching and negative effects of addiction. The ultimate aim is that as honest but inspirational stories are shared, those affected by addiction will then feel more able to take the necessary steps to access help, hope and freedom from their addiction. @ActionOnAddiction #AddictionAwarenessWeek

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"The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family — and The Queen's own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times," shared the Royal Instagram account.

BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE

Middleton donned a beautiful semi-sheer pale blue dress by Elie Sabb, which had an embroidered frock and a pussy bow collar. The duchess paired her outfit with a matching light blue Philip Treacy hat with flower details.

There must have been an unwritten memo for the theme of the event as several royal attendees wore a similar shade of blue, including the Queen, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Zara Tindall.

The Queen looked elegant in a blue coat and floral hat by Angela Kelly when she joined Netherlands’ King William-Alexander and Queen Maxima in their carriage to the course.

‘THE HORSES REMAIN THE STARS’

During her opening remarks, her Majesty addressed the event as “one of the sporting events that I have been fortunate throughout my life.” Although the event has been going on for over 300 years and has evolved since, she claimed:

“The horses remain the stars, thrilling us with their beauty, brilliance, and courage. The quality and the depth of competition at the Royal Meeting has also continued to prosper.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, attended Royal Ascot — today they were joined by The King and Queen of the Netherlands. Royal Ascot is an annual event attended by The Queen, who has had an interest in horses since childhood, and Members of the Royal Family. The week has become Britain's most popular race meeting, welcoming around 300,000 visitors over five days. Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911. The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family — and The Queen's own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times. 📷 PA @theroyalfamily @koninklijkhuis #RoyalAscot

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LAST YEAR’S ROYAL ASCOT

During last year’s Royal Ascot, Meghan Markle made an appearance in a beautiful white Givenchy dress, which she paired with a black and white Philip Tracy hat. 

Her husband, Prince Harry, looked dapper in a tailcoat and top hat, which he also wore to Celia McCorquodale and George Woodhouse’s wedding. While many royals were present in last year’s event, Prince William had to attend the International Business Festival in Liverpool

William believed that the Business Festival was a significant event which he needed to support because he believes business is essential for a balance in society and impacts every person’s life.

“Businesses – both large and small – are responsible for many things that are the bedrock of our society; quality of life, meaningful employment, prosperity, and technological solutions,” the prince said

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