After the Grand Order of Garter service with all the royal pomp and pageantry on Monday, the next highlight of British Royal Summer is – Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races. As Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money, Royal Ascot is anticipated and revered the world over.
Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The first race, “Her Majesty’s Plate”, with a purse of 100 guineas in which seven horses competed. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911. The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family. In fact, The Queen’s own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times.
The names of the week’s races have a Royal theme, such as ‘King George V Stakes’, ‘Diamond Jubilee Stakes’ and ‘Windsor Castle Stakes’. Queen Elizabeth attended the Races for the first time in 1945. From People report, “
In her welcoming remarks to racegoers in this year’s Royal Ascot program, the Queen calls the event “one of the sporting events that I have been fortunate to enjoy throughout my life.” Signing it “Elizabeth R,” she adds that even though racing has been taking place there for more than 300 years, and “much has changed, the horses remain the stars, thrilling us with their beauty, brilliance and courage. The quality and the depth of competition at the Royal Meeting has also continued to prosper.
Every day during the races, Royal Procession including The Queen and accompanying Members of the Royal Family arrive along the track in horse-drawn landaus. Each day of the week begins with the raising of the Royal Standard and the playing of the National Anthem They the royal family spends the day watching the races from the Royal Enclosure.
Royal Ascot is equally synonymous with sartorial elegance and is awash with colourful fashions as well as the most magnificent millinery creations. The ladies and gentlemen come while dressing to their nines.
Today Duchess of Cambridge shared the carriage ride with Prince William, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla. While Queen joined King and Queen of Netherlands with Prince Andrew.
The Duchess of Cambridge made her debut appearance at Royal Ascot in 2016 and she again attended it in 2017.
This year Duchess chose a lovely shade of blue for the annual event.
She debuted a pale blue dress form, Elie Saab. It was the first time Catherine wore any creation of Lebanese fashion designer. The royal fandom was waiting for this moment since her wedding. It was one of her best-dressed moments of the royal ascot.
Wonderful Laura on Twitter found this dress. Catherine is wearing a Skirt and top based on this pale blue lace dress from Elie Saab’s Resort 2019 collection. Thanks to katesclosetau on Twitter for finding this out. Colour of the outfit is officially declared as corydalis. Both pieces from the Resort 2019 collection are not sold out.
Katie on twitter found this Macrame Pussy Bow top from the label that features the same bodice as Catherine’s dress. The $1625 Swiss-dot partially lined top features Macramé trim, self-tied pussy Bow and front button closure. Duchess had it altered and get cuff styles wrist length sleeves. The macrame trim on the sleeves of top Duchess wore is vertical running down the length of the sleeve while on the original top it was horizontal. The bow length is also altered on Catherine’s top.
Catherine paired the top with Elie Saab Embroidered Tulle Skirt. $3100 maxi length tulle Skirt features a sheer A-line skirt with embroidered dots throughout and back zipper closure. Duchess had it altered to add more coverage.
Duchess paired the dress with Philip Treacy Hat. That hat looked like a blue version of her Philip Treacy OC 147 Hat that she wore on Trooping the Colour Parade in 2016.
Duchess paired the outfit with silver pumps that are a new addition to her wardrobe. Laura, Gabi and Emma on twitter found this pair of Gianvito Rossi. She was wearing label’s $745 105 metallic leather pumps that are described as, “Gianvito Rossi’s silver pumps demonstrate that jewellery isn’t the only thing that can add a little shine to your outfit. Made in Italy from supple leather, this pair has sharp pointed toes and thin stiletto heels. Wear them with everything from dresses to jeans.”
Catherine was carrying a matching silver Elie Saab Leather Clutch. The bag features brushed metal bands on the front and leather back and came with a detachable chain. Thanks to Laura and Gabi on twitter for the bag id.