While fascinators are now banned in the royal enclosure (and the dress code tightened up), those who attended day 1 of the world-famous Royal Ascot still managed to have a grand old time. Queen Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip rode a carriage from Windsor Castle to the Berkshire race course, receiving a warm welcome and cheers of “God Save The Queen” from everyone at the course.
Her Majesty wore a blue coat and dress by Stewart Parvin with a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat to the race, started in 1711 by Queen Anne. Pinned to her lapel was the most gorgeous diamond and aquamarine brooch. And of course, there they were – her trusty triple strand of pearls.
In the carriage behind the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh sat Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who looked great in an outfit by Anna Valentine with Jimmy Choo heels. According to the Daily Mail, one “cheeky” person called out “Charlie! to the Prince of Wales, who looked back with a big smile and waved. Princess Eugenie, wearing a custom-made dress by Christine Atkinson, was the only royal grandchild at today’s race.
In the Royal Ascot program, the Queen wrote a note of thanks: ”I extend a warm welcome to everyone attending Royal Ascot in my Diamond Jubilee year. As I reflect on the last 60 years, much has changed for our world and of course for Ascot racecourse. However, one constant is that each year the eyes of all those who love horseracing are upon these beautiful surroundings during this special week in June.
“The best horses convene here, trained and ridden by the best in their profession and increasingly we have competitors and visitors joining from all over the world. I would like to thank you for the welcome my family and I have always received at Royal Ascot and to wish you all a most enjoyable day.”
Did you know that divorced women weren’t allowed into the Royal Enclosure until 1955?