Royal Ascot security stepped up with police snipers on roofs as royalty and celebs head to watch racing in sizzling heat | The Sun

SECURITY at Royal Ascot has been stepped up ahead of a third day's racing at the iconic course.

A police sniper was spotted on a rooftop overlooking the course before the start of Friday's action.

Around 300,000 punters are expected to attend the festival over the course of the five days.

And specially trained snipers are posted to ensure the safety of everyone attending the meeting.

Numerous celebrities, as well as members of the royal family, are heading to the Berkshire course once again today.

The carriage list for today's Royal Procession confirmed The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending the racing for the first time this week.

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Anne, Princess Royal, have all made the trip to the Ascot already this week.

Her Majesty The Queen is yet to attend the Royal meeting, after also missing the Epsom Derby earlier this month.

It was hoped the Queen would be at Ascot yesterday for Gold Cup day and to cheer on her own much-fancied horse Reach For The Moon.

But instead the monarch will watched the action from her home in Windsor, as Reach For The Moon was beaten in the Hampton Court Stakes.

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Temperatures at the course are set to reach a sizzling 31C today.

The hot weather has led to the usually strict dress code being relaxed by course chiefs.

Racegoers are permitted to removes all hats, ties and jackets, but only AFTER the Royal Procession at 2pm.

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