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Catch me, Kate!

Good to firm: Kate managing
to steady Sophie yesterday 
PICTURES: JASONPIX/GETTY/PA

SHE’S fallen at the first! Royal Ascot hadn’t even got under way yesterday when Prince Edward’s wife stumbled and almost landed in the Duchess of Cambridge’s lap.

Quick-thinking Kate, 35, reached up to catch Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as the 52-year-old fell forward while stepping out of their horse-drawn carriage — leaving both in fits of laughter.

Tote amazing: Kate’s quickfire catch

The opening day yesterday was also attended by the Queen, Prince Philip, Sophie’s husband Prince Edward and Prince William.

A quirky touch came from Bake Off chef Cherish Finden. She spent 100 hours creating a hat made from macaroons, commissioned by Coral bookmaker in honour of the Queen. Retro girl band The Tootsie Rollers brought vintage glamour to the occasion.

Before the racing, a minute’s silence was held for victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and the London and Manchester terror attacks.