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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands outshines Kate as they arrive at Royal Ascot

Members of the royal family arrived together to the event

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The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and other members of the royal family for the first day of the Royal Ascot today.

Kate, 37, looked stunning in a lace baby blue dress by Ellie Saab with a matching Philip Treacy hat as she arrived at the event with her husband Prince William and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate was all smiles as she waved to royal fans alongside her hubby William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Kate looked stunning in a lace baby blue dress by Ellie Saab (Credit: Wenn)

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But while Kate looked stunning, it seems Queen Máxima of the Netherlands stole the limelight in a gorgeous custom Claes Iversen SS18 cape dress.

She added matching neutral gloves and Gianvito Rossi heels to the look as she arrived.

Queen Máxima stole the limelight in a gorgeous custom Claes Iversen SS18 cape dress (Credit: Splashnews.com)

Meanwhile, Kate beamed as she spoke to Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie at the racecourse today.

Prince Charles was spotted laughing as he and wife Camilla spoke to a jockey.

The Princess Royal also attended the event and arrived in the third carriage, alongside Lord de Mauley and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Zara’s husband Mike Tindall was pictured joking with William, Sophie Wessex and Her Majesty.

The Queen looked stunning in a baby blue dress coat and matching hat.

The Queen looked stunning in a baby blue dress coat and matching hat (Credit: Wenn)

Writing in the opening day’s official race programme, the Queen said: “Racing began at Ascot over 300 years ago and while much has changed, the horses remain the stars, thrilling us with their beauty, brilliance and courage.

“The quality and depth of competition at the royal meeting has also continued to prosper, with eight group one races taking place this week.

“The best horses and jockeys from across the globe are increasingly drawn to Royal Ascot, and it is truly exciting to welcome competitors from overseas, as strong international competition adds further interest and fascination.”

The Royal Ascot is regularly attended by the Queen and a carriage procession, with the Queen at its head, signals the start of each day of the event.

Charles waved to well-wishers (Credit: Splashnews.com)

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Ascot marks the second day of Maxima and her husband King Willem-Alexander’s visit to the UK.

On Monday, both the Dutch and Spanish royals attended the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle.

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