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Zara Tindall is expected to lead the fashion stakes at the Cheltenham Festival today as Ladies Day goes virtual.

On Tuesday Princess Anne’s daughter was one of the first to dress up to watch the opening races at home.

Zara was one of many supporters who flooded social media channels with images of themselves donning the usual tweed jackets and fedoras to enjoy the spectacle from their armchairs.

They wanted to to show that coronavirus may have got rid of the crowds at the country’s top racing event but not the couture or culture associated with the Cheltenham Festival.

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And it is hoped she will be joined by other senior royals and stars who usually turn out in their droves for Ladies Day which is held on Day Two of the four day festival.

Wearing a royal blue coat pregnant Zara, 39, posed in the garden of her home at the Gatcombe Park Estate for an Instagram post supporting British milliners who usually regard race week as a showcase for their work.

Yesterday the Instagram post by stylist Annie Miall said: “With this year’s Cheltenham Festival not open to the public, we sadly won’t have the opportunity to see the array of amazing millinery we usually do.

“Lovely Zara Tindall has kindly agreed to model some of her favourite hats from a selection of British milliners, as she enjoys watching the races from home.”

Heavily pregnant Zara wore a fascinator by British milliner Justine Bradley Hill and blue Monsoon full length woollen coat with high collar that is apparently on sale for £45.

The increasingly elegant equestrian kept her baby bump under wraps by being pictured from the shoulders up.

Now there are high hopes that today she could be joined by the whole Gatcombe gang if they dress up to watch the racing from home.

Horse-loving Princess Anne’s whole brood live on the same Gloucestershire estate and as regular visitors to the Festival will be keen not to miss out.

So as well as Zara and husband Mike Tindall we could see Princess Anne, Timothy Laurence, her brother Peter with his estranged wife Autumn, who still lives in Gloucestestershire, during the course of the week.

Their daughters Mia and Lena Tindall live on the Savannah and Isla Phillips might even get in on the act on Ladies Day.

Other stars who marked the opening day by picturing themselves in traditional country attire include former Love Island star Frankie Foster and Guinness Sports presenter Amy Christophers.

Zara Tindall (centre) and the Princess Royal (right) with the Duchess of Cornwall a Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse 2020

Others shared images of themselves riding inflatable horses or sitting on benches in front of TV with a pint of Guinness with to watch the racing to show support for the country’s top jump racing event which is going ahead behind closed doors because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Last year’s event happened ten days before the country went into its first national lockdown.