Opening Day, Royal Ascot 2013
Let the ladies’ hats parade commence.
(first a bit of background …)
Ascot Racecourse, was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne
and remains closely associated with the British Royal Family.
Each year, in mid June, the racecourse is the venue for
The Royal Ascot
five days of thoroughbred horse racing, which is a must-do event
on the British social calendar.
Queen Elizabeth II (herself an avid horsewoman) attends,
accompanied by members of the royal family.
The members of the royal party arrive in horse-drawn carriages
and after view the days’ races from their seats in the royal enclosure .
(image from channelnewsasia.com)
There is a strict dress code to adhere for attendance at Royal Ascot.
The Royal Enclosure:
Gentlemen are required to wear black or grey morning dress, waistcoat, tie,
black or grey top hat and black shoes.
(image from bbc.co.uk)
For ladies, the attire is formal day wear and hat.
Full length trouser suits are permitted.
Fascinators, spaghetti straps and bared midriffs are forbidden.
For the Grandstand, attire is less formal
but a specified dress requirement applies.
If in doubt as to the appropriate attire for Royal Ascot,
have a look at this video guide:
Dress expectation seems pretty straightforward,
Luckily for fashion watchers
it is anything but,
as ladies raise the stakes in wearing
unique, creative and in some instances
a milliner’s dream realised.
Royal Ascot, 18 June 2013
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I can’t wait to note the hat creations on Day 2.
Who will take the hat fashion trophy?
Royal Ascot 2013
Tuesday, 18 – Saturday, 22 June
Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire