This five-day horse race is one of the most prestigious events of the year, held at the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire. It is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, race event on the world. More than 300,000 people, including many members the Royal Family, make the annual visit to the popular outing. Royal Ascot is one of the centerpieces of the royal social calendar in the summer – due in part to Queen Elizabeth’s love of horses and her ever-present status at the festival. The event has been held since 1711 and starts each day with a procession of four carriages. In the first carriage, the Queen is seated. In the other carriages, other members of the Royal Family can be seated, or other important guests.
The dresscode is very strict and includes hats for women and men (top hats, that is). Women are not allowed to show bare shoulders or wear strapless dresses. Since a few years, jumpsuits are accepted at Royal Ascot. There are rules applying to the length and style of the outfit. Men are obliged to wear a morning dress, either in black or grey.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been attending Royal Ascot since 2016. In 2018, she and her husband didn’t make an appearance, as the Duchess was on maternity leave following the birth of prince Louis.
15 June 2016 – The First Time
This day marked the first time that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Royal Ascot. In the first five years of their marriage, they never attended the event. It is not known why they made an appearance at Ascot before. In this year, the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday with several festivities. The Duke and Duchess attended Day 2. The Duchess wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress and a new Jane Taylor hat. Gianvito Rossi pumps, an LK Bennett clutch and Robinson Pelham pearl earrings finished the look.
20 June 2017- Another White Lace Dress
For her second Royal Ascot, this time attending Day 1 of the annual event, the Duchess again wore a white lace dress. The dress was designed by Alexander McQueen. The hat is still an UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object). The earrings are from the Royal Collection, the bag is by Loeffler Randall, .. For today’s event, the Queen led Royal Ascot racegoers and her family in observing a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and London and Manchester terror attacks in the weeks leading up to Royal Ascot. The Duchess’ parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were also in attendance.