Unlikely star attraction

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Australia earlier this week. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is greeted by racegoers at Flemington.

Camilla may well become Queen, but it was another “royal” who was being mobbed by crowds at Flemington today when Ian Molly Meldrum was chauffeured into the Birdcage enclosure.

Still recovering from his dramatic fall almost a year ago, Meldrum was quickly the star attraction inside the marquee enclosure as punters raced to have their picture taken with the Melbourne icon.

“Mate, it’s just great to be here,” Meldrum told PS, wearing a black velvet jacket with a Barack Obama bade on his lapel.

Meldrum has lead a veritable smorgasbord of famous faces to Flemington this year for the Melbourne Cup, including Maria Venuti, Glenn McGrath and his wife Sara Leonardi, soccer star Alessandro Del Piero and his wife Sonia, KerrieAnne Kennerley, Jennifer Hawkins,  Shane Warne minus his fiancé Elizabeth Hurley, Qantas chief Alan Joyce, Lady Susan Renouf, Wolf of Wall Street author Jordan Belfort, Mischa  Barton and Delta Goodrem.

With grey skies and morning showers creating steamy conditions around the track, the colourful fashions have provided a welcome distraction from the ominous weather.

More than 110,000 people are expected at Flemington today.

However, racing stalwart Lilian Frank warned young ladies to remain just that: “It is a day at the races, too much boob, too much leg or just too tight doesn’t work. They should always remain ladies and don’t take their shoes off after the races, if they are in pain then they have worn the wrong shoes,” Frank said.

Prince Charles and Camilla are due to drive around the track and will spend most of their time in the Victorian Racing Committee’s Chairman’s Suite, before Camilla presents the winner of this year’s Melbourne Cup.

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