Royal Ascot 2012 Highlights

Royal Ascot is one of the high points of the British summer season – hats galore (fascinators are no longer allowed), royals curtseying and bowing to the Queen, and plenty of Pimm’s and champagne.

This year, Ascot ran from Tuesday, June 18th to the 22nd and one of our Royal Posters was there for the final day and had her camera at the ready. Seeing as we are not fully versed on the horse race aspect of Ascot, here’s a look at the sartorial side along with some Royal musings.

Oh, and they really are serious about that dress code. There are even employees on hand to inspect the arrivees. Here are three so-called dress code assistants at the ready, ready to discern a fascinator from a proper hat and whatnot:

Her Majesty the Queen

Our Royal Poster took this photograph of the Queen and Philip in their carriage on Saturday. They are in there, I promise!

Fun Fact: This is the Queen’s 65th year in a row attending Ascot. It also heralds her 21st win. This year, her horse Estimate won the Queen’s Vase Stakes, which seems rather appropriate.

To top it all off, Prince Philip presented the Queen with the winner’s  trophy. What a month they’ve had what with the Jubilee and now this!

Here’s the winning horse with the very happy Queen:

The Countess of Wessex

Love the hat, love the skirt, love everything about this ensemble. Well done, Sophie.

Also love that Sophie isn’t just there to look pretty. Oh, no. She really gets into it:

Another day, another neutral and chic ensemble:

Princess Michael of Kent

Here she is chatting away in black and white. Gotta say that all together it reminds me of a certain Disney character who just loved her dalmatian coat:

These two ladies really committed to their curtseys:

Another day, another hat. Love the pillbox:

Princess Anne

Always thrifty, Princess Anne brought out the floral outfit she wore to her daughter Zara’s wedding last summer…

…and on another day, she wore the same hat, coat, and dress that she wore to William and Kate’s wedding:

Like Sophie, Anne really gets into the spirit of things, too:

The Queen makes that exact expression when she’s getting all riled up. I can’t find the exact picture I’m thinking of at the moment, but will post it when I do.

Princess Eugenie

Euge stuck with hats of the smaller variety for her days at the races.

Hello, Man in a Hat:

I quite like this one:

Princess Beatrice

Near the beginning of the week, Princess Beatrice chose this Erdem frock, which would certainly work for a visit to Canada:

and on the final day of the races we got to see her version of the curtsey to the Queen:

Our Royal Poster took this photograph yesterday, which gives some insight into Beatrice’s view over in the Royal Enclosure. So many photographers milling about and such…

Autumn and Peter Philips

Nice to see Autumn and Peter out and about. Here’s their version of the curtsey/bow to the Queen:

What with all this talk of curtseys, let’s chat about the Order of Precedence. It has reportedly been revised to take the Duchess of Cambridge into account; the last time a revision was done was after Prince Charles married Camilla. It seems that Princess Anne wasn’t too keen on the idea of having to curtsey to Camilla around the breakfast table, so the Queen made some revisions so that this protocol wouldn’t be required. The Telegraph reports as follows:

The new rules of Court make it clear that the former Kate Middleton, when she is not accompanied by Prince William, must curtsy to the “blood princesses”, the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

When William is with her, Kate does not need to bend the knee to either of them, but she must curtsy to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Despite being married to the Queen’s son, the Countess of Wessex will, however, have to curtsy to Kate, even when William is not present.

It all sounds rather exhausting. Christmas must be quite something to get through! Now we can look forward to Wimbledon. Hope that William and Kate come out for it like they did last year!


Categories: British Royal Family, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, The Countess of Wessex

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  1. Not only exhausting, but these ladies all made rather awkward curtsies, wouldn’t you say and see! What if one had arthritis, would one be excused to just bow the head? Love the post.

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