The Royal Ascot ran for four days from the 16th to the 20th June with some 300,000 attending in total. The Queen and other members of the royal family attended to support the royal horses. Royal Ascot is the very essence of long-held tradition in Britain.
Modern-day horseracing enthusiasts can thank Queen Anne for her foresight. In 1711, she envisioned the ideal spot near Windsor Castle. The first race was entitled Her Majesty’s Plate. The Queen Anne Stakes are held each year to commemorate her. The Gold Cup Race began in 1807 and is held on the third day of racing each year, bringing in large crowds for what has been dubbed ‘Ladies’ Day.’
Royal Ascot is a feast for millinery fashion. Here is a round up of what the royals wore. Get inspired for Spring Carnival.
Queen Elizabeth in a repeated hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan
In peach sinamay, it’s a warm shade with a structured brim and angled crown which are perfectly in balance. The subtle coloration in the wispy feather trim offsets her paisley sheath dress and heavier tweed coat. A modern hat without making too strong of a statement.
Lady Helen Taylor in a new hat by Stephen Jones
Princess Beatrice in a new hat by Juliette Botterill
Princess Eugenie in a repeated hat by Nerida Fraiman
Sarah, Duchess of York in a new hat by Philip Treacy
The texture, height and finish of Princess Beatrice’s hat compliments her modern outfit but the exaggerated angle on her face feels harsh. It’s a little edgy.
Sarah Ferguson chose a classic black and blue dress and hat ensemble for her rare invitation to mingle with the royals. This masterful Philip Treacy hat is flawless and the soft rolled trim works well as a fascinator.
Queen Elizabeth in a new hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan
The colour and texture are beautiful with her suit and the simple but realistic silk flower trim is elegant. The less severe flatter brim highlights the detail in the trimming and the layering over the parasissal on this hat. Paired with the necklace and earrings, it’s all just right. An incredible milliner.
Zara Phillips Tindall in a new hat by Rosie Olivia
Countess of Wessex in a revised hat by Jane Taylor
The Countess’ Jane Taylor hat has a lovely bias, mesh sinamay brim. The patterning works beautifully with her outfit, as well as the colours and textures of the vintage-style veiling. A beautiful, classic, ladylike outfit topped with a gorgeous hat.
Princess Beatrice in Laura Apsit Livens
The contrast between the traditional shape and the modern unembellished colour blocking is perfect! Hats at Ladies’ Day are famous for being trimmed into complete eyesores and Princess Beatrice has caught everyone’s attention with this very streamlined piece.
Royal Princess Eugenie in Nerida Fraiman
Princess Eugenie’s hat is youthful and fun. The deep green is flattering and the lightness and movement of the crin trim is very pretty with her eyes.
Queen Elizabeth in a repeated hat designed by Angela Kelly
The Queen’s color mint combination is as light as air with a textured straw crown and cheerful feathers.
Princess Marie Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy. Coat by Chanel
The princesses hat is very signature Philip Treacy. The colour, shape, swirls and silk flowers are sculptural and perfect.
Autumn Phillips in a new hat by Emily London
The pistachio green colour, proportions and size of Autumn’s hat with the little bow at the back matches her outfit perfectly. The wispy feathers which are a cute detail add an airiness to the hat. Perky and fun! The whole ensemble is balanced, young and fresh.
Princess Alexandra of Kent in a new hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan
There’s a real sense of fun about this whole ensemble. Her psychedelic coat is beautiful and particularly vibrant. The hat, whilst has all the bright colours incorporated, is cleverly trimmed by mixing the neutral colour through the bright colours. Very clever indeed. It is a good shape on her.