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LONDON (Reuters)

Meghan Markle made her debut on Tuesday at one of the English social season’s blue riband events, Royal Ascot, joining her husband Prince Harry in a horse-drawn carriage for the traditional procession along the course at the start of the five-day race meeting

Wearing a white Givenchy dress and black and white Philip Treacy hat, the new Duchess of Sussex and her husband were accompanied in the carriage by Harry’s uncle Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie.

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex look on during a trophy presentation Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

 

Thousands of racegoers cheered the newly-weds, who married a month ago in a glittering ceremony at the nearby Windsor castle.

They later presented a trophy to jockey Frankie Dettori who won the St James’s Palace Stakes on Without Parole.

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex during Royal Ascot REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

 

The royal carriage procession was led by the Queen, 92, wearing a bright yellow coat and hat.

Earlier on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace announced that Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall had given birth to her second daughter, the monarch’s seventh great-grandchild.

 

(Reporting by Anu Shukla; editing by Stephen Addison)

 

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Sophie, Countess of Wessex during Royal Ascot REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex arrive at Ascot racecourse REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Racegoers before the start of the races REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Princesses Anne during Royal Ascot Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

 

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Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 19, 2018 Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the 4.20 St James’s Palace Stakes as Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex look on Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

 

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