The final Royal Procession was a poignant affair, as STEVE CARROLL discovered.

SO it was time to say goodbye.

The Royal Procession snaked its way across Knavesmire's straight course for the last time, and we all waved knowing that this was the end.

The crowd came out to give their farewells.

The Rails Enclosure, packed with York faces, cheered, waved and roared. They were a little more composed in the Grandstand, but enthusiastic none the less, as the ceremonial part of Royal Ascot at York came to a close.

Again, Her Majesty was immaculately attired, wearing a turquoise hat, matching jacket, pearl necklace and brooch, and the obligatory black gloves.

This time she was the lone Royal - her family having supported the week called on to other engagements.

Her subjects did not seem to mind.

This had truly been a Royal Ascot.

It was a week that will live long in the minds of those who witnessed it.

Updated: 10:43 Monday, June 20, 2005