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My Royal Ascot Hat

“Wimbledon is getting a bit too like Royal Ascot. It’s not what happens or who wins so much, as what clothes do I have on.”

— David Lloyd

Queen's Anne Enclosure

Hats or hefty headpieces must be worn, with a base of at least 4 inches (10 cm).

“A day out at Ascot racecourse is a truly unique event, and dressing for the occasion is an integral part of the race day experience,” according to the Royal Ascot organisers.


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What’s the Deal with Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot is an annual extravaganza of Flat racing held over five glorious days in mid-June. It’s a racing bonanza that features a whopping 18 Group races, which are the crème de la crème of Flat racing events.

Where Exactly Does the Magic Happen?

You can find the Royal Ascot festivities taking place at Ascot Racecourse, nestled in the lovely Berkshire countryside, about an hour away from the bustling city of London. Whether you choose to hop on a train or opt for a stylish Uber ride, getting there is all part of the adventure.

When Does the Gold Cup Steal the Show?

The Gold Cup, the crown jewel of Royal Ascot, takes centre stage on the third day of the event, which conveniently falls on a Thursday. This special day, known affectionately as “ladies’ day,” is a must-attend occasion for racing enthusiasts and fashion aficionados alike.

What’s the Deal with the Royal Factor?

Ascot Racecourse has a regal pedigree that stretches back to its founding by Queen Anne in 1711. Legend has it that Queen Anne stumbled upon a picturesque expanse of open heath, deeming it the perfect place for horses to gallop with unbridled gusto. And thus, the Royal Racecourse was born. Over the years, Royal Ascot has become a beloved tradition for the British monarchy, with Her Majesty The Queen herself gracing the event annually. This year, I had the immense honour of catching a glimpse of King Charles and Queen Camilla as well.

Unravelling the Royal Ascot Enclosures

While the Royal Enclosure remains an exclusive affair by invitation only, fear not, for Royal Ascot still welcomes the public with open arms within three out of the four enclosures. The Queen Anne Enclosure takes the crown as the premier public enclosure, while the Village and Windsor Enclosures also offer delightful access to the general public. It’s a fantastic opportunity to soak in the excitement and revelry of Royal Ascot firsthand. For more details, be sure to check out their official website.

Royal Ascot Experience

I had the immense pleasure of attending the prestigious Royal Ascot, where I found myself amidst a kaleidoscope of flamboyant fascinators, dashing gents in morning suits, and even a royal encounter that left me feeling like a character in a whimsical fairy tale.

The air was filled with excitement and anticipation as if the very essence of horse racing history was palpable. As I entered the hallowed grounds, my eyes widened at the sight of an explosion of colours. It was as if a team of mischievous artists had raided the local craft store and decided to use every single feather, flower, and sequin to create the most extravagant fascinators known to mankind. I couldn’t help but wonder if some of those fascinators had secret identities and were actually planning to take flight like exotic birds at any moment.

The gentlemen stood out in their morning suits, exuding an air of sophistication and refinement. It was a true display of timeless sartorial elegance, with top hats and tails creating a sense of regality among the crowd. The attention to detail in their attire was impeccable, a nod to the enduring traditions of the event.

Amidst the sea of elegant fashion, a hushed excitement rippled through the crowd as the royal couple, King Charles and Queen Camilla, made their grand entrance. The respect and admiration for the monarchy were palpable, and a sense of honour filled the air. Witnessing their presence was a moment that will forever be etched in my memory, a reminder of the rich history and enduring traditions associated with the Royal Ascot.

As the races commenced, the atmosphere reached a crescendo of excitement. The thunderous sound of hooves mixed with the joyous roars of the crowd, created a symphony of chaos and adrenaline. It was a sight to behold, with jockeys furiously urging their horses forward while trying to maintain their composure. I found myself cheering so passionately for my chosen horse that I’m pretty sure I unintentionally scared the poor animal into running faster just to escape my wild enthusiasm.

The Royal Ascot proved to be an unforgettable experience, where I had the privilege of being surrounded by elegance, sophistication, and the rich tapestry of British culture. It was a day where the lines between reality and fantasy blurred, and I couldn’t help but embrace the whimsy of it all. The fusion of tradition and excitement created an atmosphere that was simply unparalleled. It was a day of indulgence in fashion, a celebration of timeless elegance, and an honour to witness the presence of King Charles and Queen Camilla. Royal Ascot will forever hold a special place in my heart, an experience that reminded me to always find joy and laughter in life’s most grandiose moments.

Royal Ascot Hat
Lady in Red

Royal Ascot Outfit

Let me take you through the fabulous details that made my outfit the epitome of sassy sophistication and playful elegance! Picture this: a stunning mid-length, deep red pencil dress that hugged my curves. The heart neckline added a touch of romance to your ensemble, while the three-quarter sleeves whispered a hint of allure.

And those heels, oh, those marvellous mid-high heels with their thick heels, they were like architectural wonders, providing the perfect balance between style and comfort throughout the day.

And speaking of wild, my triple pearl string choker added a touch of classic elegance with a twist. It was like a nod to tradition with a rebellious wink, the perfect accessory to complement my daring ensemble. With each pearl, I added a touch of refinement, while the triple strand hinted at my bold and adventurous spirit.

To complete the picture, my red nails and deep red lips were the epitome of glamour. They were the exclamation point on my outfit, adding that final touch of sophistication and making a bold statement. With every gesture, my red nails sparkled like rubies, and my lips exuded a confidence that demanded attention.

A timeless 2.55 Chanel bag resting elegantly on my arm. It was the epitome of refined taste and luxury, a symbol of a fashion heritage that I proudly carried with me. The bag exuded sophistication and added that extra touch of elegance to my overall look.

My outfit was a true work of art, a composition that blended classic elegance with daring elements. A symphony of boldness, and creativity that showcased my unique sense of style. I wore my ensemble with pride and exuded a charm that was impossible to ignore.

My Royal Ascot Hat

But the true pièce de résistance—the hat! My leopard print hat a creation that I took great pride in making with its playful veil and whimsical feathers was a true work of art. It was as if a mischievous leopard had decided to dabble in the millinery and create a masterpiece just for me. The hat was a statement piece showcasing my wild side. I felt like a fashionable adventurer ready to conquer the world.

Royal Ascot Hat
Black Velvet Orchid Brooch

What My Friend Wore at Royal Ascot

Now let’s unravel the fabulous ensemble that adorned my friend at Royal Ascot. Prepare to be enchanted by the captivating details and the boho charm that she effortlessly exuded.

A mid-length masterpiece, it showcased a playful dance of white fabric adorned with black printed leaf motifs. Each leaf seemed to whisper a secret as if the dress itself held the stories of an enchanted forest. The fringes at the hem added a touch of movement and whimsy, swaying with every step she took, as if nature itself was celebrating her presence.

The long bell sleeves of her dress were like ethereal wings, ready to carry her away to a world of fashion dreams. With each gesture, they seemed to float and dance in the breeze, adding an extra dose of enchantment to her bohemian ensemble.

To complement her attire, she carried a wooden clutch that paid homage to the tree leaves that adorned her dress. It was as if the clutch had been plucked from the very forest that inspired her outfit, a seamless blend of nature and style. The clutch completed the boho overall vibe, adding a touch of earthy elegance and ensuring her accessories harmonized flawlessly with her ensemble.

Her choice of footwear was a delightful surprise—a pair of mid-high red heels. The pop of colour created a coordinated look with my own outfit, tying our styles together in a playful and coordinated dance.

Now, the Royal Ascot hat—a white canvas embellished with black feathers. It was like a piece of wearable art as if a graceful swan had lent its plumage to crown her with elegance. The hat exuded a sense of mystery, framing her face with intrigue and captivating all who beheld her.

My friend’s boho chic look was a testament to her free-spirited fashion sense, blending nature-inspired elements with elegance and charm.

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Royal Ascot Style

Queen’s Anne Enclosure Dress Code

Ladies should dress in formal daytime attire, adhering to the following guidelines:

Opt for a dress or a top and skirt, with shoulder or halter neck straps. Lace and chiffon fabrics are acceptable, and there is no specific minimum length requirement.
Trouser suits are welcome and should be made of matching material and colour.
Jumpsuits are permitted as long as they fall below the knee and meet the strap requirements mentioned above.
Complete the outfit with a hat, headpiece, or fascinator.

Girls aged 17 and under should follow the dress code for ladies. However, hats, headpieces, and fascinators are not mandatory.

Please refrain from the following:

Wearing strapless or one-shoulder dresses and tops.
Opting for off-the-shoulder or bardot styles.
Choosing sheer fabrics that are see-through or transparent.
Revealing visible midriffs, defined as the mid-region between the chest and waist.

Gentlemen are required to dress formally for the daytime event, following these guidelines:

Wear a full-length two or three-piece suit. Jackets and trousers should be made of matching material. Morning dress is also acceptable.
Sport a collared shirt.
Put on a necktie. Patriotic patterns, such as a national flag, are permissible.
Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.

Boys aged 10-17 should adhere to the dress code for gentlemen. Boys under nine are expected to dress smartly but are not obligated to wear a jacket or tie.

Please avoid the following:

Cravats, bow ties, and neckerchiefs.

The following items are NOT permitted within any dress code:

Novelty patterns and fabrics, including slogans, phrases, promotional messaging, brand logos, or cartoon imagery.
Trainers (sneakers).


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