THE QUEEN will join thousands of race-goers as Royal Ascot kicks off in scorching 28C sunshine today.
Crowds will flock to the race course in Berkshire to enjoy a flutter during the most eagerly anticipated event in the horse racing calendar.
Rex Features Ascot is regularly attended by the Queen and there is speculation she may have invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join her in the royal box this week
Ascot is regularly attended by the Queen and there is speculation she may have invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join her in the royal box this week.
The event is renowned for its strict dress code and this year men must wear socks or risk being turned away.
Recent race days have been marred by unsavoury booze-fuelled antics, with video footage emerging of a mass brawl between men at Ascot in May.
The incident took place a week after another man was filmed being kicked in the head during a fight at Goodwood races in Sussex.
Alamy Live News Brits topped up their tan in Hastings, East Sussex, last week, with more sun expected over the next few days
Ahead of this week’s event, a warning was issued to men thinking of slipping on their summer loafers
without socks as Britain prepares for a month-long heatwave.
Tropical conditions are expected to sweep the nation with the hottest June in 40 years predicted.
The Met Office has forecast a mainly sunny week ahead for most and “very warm or hot” days later in the month and up to July 15, with both the South and North sweltering.
Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: “Early signs are promising for later in June and July, with mainly dry and settled weather, particularly in the South, with likely very warm or hot conditions.
“The North will have bright days and plenty of drier and warmer interludes, although will be more changeable and with some cloud and rain.”
WENN In London, highs of 27C have been forecast
But it might take a bit to reach record-breaking temperatures, with the mercury needing to soar to 33C to hit unprecedented levels.
Despite the sizziling conditions, Royal Ascot is making sure racegoers respect tradition.
Rupert Adams from William Hill said: “Ascot have tightened up the dress code for the royal meeting and many of the millennial generation might not even own socks.
“The good news is we have 500 special edition socks in our shop on the high street which is close enough that you should not miss any of the action.”
Punters traditionally have a bet on the colour of the Queen’s hat with blue the favourite with bookies at the moment for the first day.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Punters reckon Her Majesty will opt for a trusty shade of blue on the opening day of the Royal meeting.”