Royals, Ascots, and Royal Ascot


As promised in yesterday’s post, we are taking a more in-depth look at Royal Ascot.

Before delving into Ascot, a reminder the Royal Family does know how to dress; below we see everyone at this weekend’s Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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Back to the subject at hand, yesterday was Day One at Ascot, and both the Queen and actress Amanda Holden opted for this season’s “it color”.

Today brought more pink; Princess Anne stood out amid a sea of black (L), and Jackie St. Clair (perhaps best known as Simon Cowell’s former girlfriend, good heavens) is on the right.

Clearly, dining before things get underway is a rigorous exercise.


Lending an entirely different meaning to the word “picnic”.

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Back to our topic, the fashion sported by race-goers.

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Above, a vertigo-inducing image,  and below, efforts to avoid a chapeau tragedy.

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Lest there be any confusion regarding proper apparel for watching the activities from the Royal Enclosure, let us we remind readers there are rules.

“Her Majesty’s Representative wishes to point out that only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.”

Also looking smart yesterday, a cousin of the Queen and 34th in line to the throne, Princess Alexandra (L); on the right, the BBC’s Kate Silverton.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex (perhaps better known stateside as Prince Edward’s wife) was in muted tones both yesterday (L) and today (R).

The dress code is not only applicable to the ladies, back to the Official Rules:

“Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat. A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.”

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Most of the gentlemen looked topnotch, including soccer star Michael Owen (injured, thus not enduring the vuvuzelas at the World Cup) on the left, and on the right, jockey Frankie Dettori.

To read the full dress code code for those heading for the Royal Enclosure, click here.

The hat on the left is shared on behalf of the delightful Nautical by Nature, on the right, an elegant ensemble in what we’ll call royal blue. (Clearly the Silly Princess was let out today. Sigh.)

We’re not convinced matching one’s escort is necessary.

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And we must query our cherished readers about this next image: is it just TP, or do these dresses look like something better worn in the boudoir? (They are prompting Paris Hilton Anti-Prep flashbacks for some reason, envision the involuntary eye twitch, the sudden jerking movement of the head.)

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As someone who spent 18 years in broadcasting, naturally we read the Media Guide, you would expect no less. Trust us when we say it is full of amazing information, not all of it what we are used to seeing in such publications.

Vehicular Egress! Ladies, the easiest way to exit a vehicle is to take a firm hold on the back hem of the skirt, twist your body with your legs together until your legs are toward the exiting door of the vehicle, and then stand.

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We are wondering if Australian entertainer Holly Valance (above) needed those pointers?

Here is another tip from the Media Guide for the gentlemen:

Zips Gentlemen ensure these are always done up. A simple schoolboy error can spoil even the most distinguished of outfits!”


Here is a bit of insight from the Media Guide on an essential topic:

…And Hats Simply the Ascot accessory! Wear hats straight on the head or tilted mysteriously over one eye. How a hat looks from the neck up is most important.”

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The Guide also addresses the topic of footwear:

Feet! No pain, no gain! High heels look fabulous but don’t neglect your feet girls! The site is a quarter of a mile long so lady visitors may wish to consider their footwear carefully…or just wear the heels, everyone knows they look great!”

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It seems someone elected to leave the pain and/or gain behind.

Next, this lovely image of The Queen on her way to today’s events, definitely a Pretty in Pink.

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And if one were seeking a Pretty in Pink and Green from Ascot, we can supply that image as well.


If wondering whether Princes William and Harry are enjoying the races, that is a ‘no,’ they are in Botswana.

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Above we see Prince Harry and Prince William holding an African rock python yesterday, at an Education Centre they support. The final stop for this Royal duo includes watching the England vs Algeria World Cup match in Cape Town.

The young men are not the only royals doing the World Cup; Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe, and Princess Letizia at today’s World Cup match between Spain and Switzerland.

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The outcome was an upset, Spain (reigning European champions) did not win the match.

Our final tidbit in what has become “Your Royal Update from the Princess,” a reminder about this Saturday’s big event, the wedding between Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and former fitness instructor Daniel Westling.

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On the left, the Princess at a function last December, and on the right, leaving the Cathedral where the ceremony will be held.

We look forward to seeing the wedding gown the Princess will wear.

Until next time, may your afternoon be sunny and bright!


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15 responses to “Royals, Ascots, and Royal Ascot

  1. oh my. can we mention vuvuzelas daily? and well, Prince William looks good in uniform and with a rock python. *sigh*

  2. Love the hats! I dream of getting to go to Royal Ascot someday.

  3. I do so wish that we wore more hats in the country!

  4. charmfinder

    As a Catholic and an etiquette devotee, I’m loving the detailed rules/instruction of attire for the event! Thanks for including them in this post. Also, as a Kentucky girl and a big fan and sometimes attendee of the Kentucky Derby, I can’t help but wish Churchill Downs would adopt similar rules. Most of us dress in traditional style, but it would be tres fun if it were mandatory to don dresses, hats and suits.

  5. was on pins and needles waiting for your Highlights from Ascot post! LOVE Princess Anne. Sophie Wessex looked very lovely as well. Looks like two of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends made it to the UK… my goodness!

    glad you’re also pumped for Princess Victoria’s wedding- have you seen the confirmed guest list of royals?! if you haven’t- check it out- literally had goosebumps!



  6. I’m confused as to how those boudoir strapless dresses were allowed… I’m assuming they weren’t in the enclosure? Either way… put some clothes on ladies you really do look better with a little more fabric between you and the rest of the world!

  7. Suburban Princess

    Where have we been hiding Michael Owen? Hmmm?

    And doesnt 35th in line sound good? All the perks of a title with none of the bother!

  8. Jackie

    Oh I always love these posts. You have such a flair with describing and enlightening me on these events. Thanks so much. I am also looking forward to Wimbledon. I know you are too!

  9. VickyM

    I love His Royal Highness, I really do. Wonderful wonderful post. Breaking out the biscuits immediately!

  10. kiki

    so excited for the crown princess’s wedding. as a fellow swede {1/2 swede} i have long been obsessed with the swedish royal family. my aunts save magazines and send me royal postcards to feed my curiousity. she is a true beauty and i am so happy she has found her happy ending. take care and thanks for the in-depth look at the royal ascot. i would love an excuse to buy an over-the-top hat.

  11. sarakmc

    I love the hats! it reminds me of seeing the hat room in Harrods – also enjoyed the media guide’s instructions on how to exit a car in the most ladylike fashion! Perfect post.

  12. LPC

    I never knew the day would come when I would say the Queen wore it best:).

  13. I so enjoyed this post! Thank you Princess. I saw the Princes on the news tonight. Wouldn’t their mummy be proud? I think so. Princess Victoria is gorgeous! Have a great day Princess. xoxo

  14. Hmmm……I want to be royal just for the hats.


    I’d wear a seersucker gown and a fabulous hait. Hopefully grosgrain ribbon could be incorporated.


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