The British royal family attend Royal Ascot 2016

Despite the torrential downpour, members of the British royal family and a slew of stars stepped out for day one of The Royal Ascot Races.
The Queen, Prince Harry and Prince Philip

Brightening up the rainy day like the ray of sunshine she is, The Queen arrived to kick off day one of The Royal Ascot, which is held every year in Ascot, Berkshire.

Donning a sunshine-yellow dress in place of the sun that was hidden deep behind the dark clouds, Her Majesty rode in to the race course alongside her husband of 68-years and the dapper Prince Harry in a fairytale-esque horse and carriage.

Fresh from her 90th birthday celebrations, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were in high spirits as they were joined by fellow royals and friends, who had all dressed to the nines for the day the monarch holds so dearly.

Anne, the Princess Royal was in attendance, as was the birthday girl’s son Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla. Mike and Zara Tindall also braved the rain to put on a loved-up display, while Princess Beatrice was a vision in monochrome.

Click through the gallery to check out the best moments from the day!

In true Ascot tradition, the British royals donned their very best hats. For Prince Philip and Harry, a top hat was imperative.

The dapper Prince stood out in the crowd with his charming gaze and rugged stubble.

Duchess Camilla sported a pale pink ensemble topped off by a very regal pearl necklace.

Princess Anne was a vision in snow white and navy blue gloves.

Princess Beatrice of York was stunning monochrome dream in a fitted blazer and embellished skirt.

But the true beauty was in Queen Elizabeth’s excited smile! Discover the matriarch’s lifelong love of horses in the next slide!

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Mike and Zara Tindall left little Mia at home for a loved-up parents’ day out!

Race time saw the British equestrian get really into the spirit of the day.

Prince Harry presents jockey Frankie Dettori with the first place cup. Find out why Royal Ascot means so much to The Queen in the next slide!

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After the big race, Sophie, Countess of Wessex was ready for a spot of celebration with her husband Prince Edward.

Aussie actress Tessa James cut a stylish figure in this white Ellery dress, which she teamed with a wide-brimmed hat.

Hollywood royalty Elizabeth Hurley also stepped out for the exciting day, wearing a summery white frock and standout fascinator.

It was certainly a day to remember.

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