A record-breaking day for British rock, pop and pop music was on offer when the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of its Royal Ascot.
The National’s The Last Of The Mohicans was the second to be played in the iconic venue, which opened its doors in 1911, in the early hours of Saturday.
It was accompanied by a line-up of guests, including a band that included the bandleader Sir Ian McKellen, who played the title role on the hit ITV series The Golden Girls.
As well as McKellen and the band, the Royal Aschentote also featured the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Rolling Thunder, the Beatles, Prince William and George VI.
Sir Ian McKellan, left, with Sir Ian’s son, Paul McKellans wife, Emma McKellany, and son, Chris McKell, during the recording of the song “The Last Of the Mohicans” in 1912.
A year later, in 1913, the British Invasion band The Beatles recorded a version of “Across The Universe” at the Royal Albert Hall, marking the beginning of a musical era that has seen the band record seven albums in the space of 20 years.
The event is being held as part of celebrations marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 1916.
The 100th birthday of the Royal ascot was celebrated with a procession to the Palace, which includes members of the royal family, celebrities, politicians, scientists and members of parliament.
The Queen and Prince Philip are scheduled to attend the event.