This year marks the first time the Queen has missed Royal Ascot during her 68-year reign.While the annual equestrian event hasn’t been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, like many other events globally, it will go ahead this week with no spectators.The monarch is a long-standing fan of the annual British horse racing competition and attends every year - usually making multiple appearances throughout the race’s week-long duration.Looking back at photos of Her Majesty at the event, it’s clear to see how much she enjoys attending. Often criticised for looking stern at public engagements, the Queen is pictured beaming from ear to ear in the majority of photographs taken at Ascot.The Queen’s been riding horses herself since the age of three and keeps up with her hobby today - despite her 94 years. The monarch was photographed riding her 14-year-old Fell pony, Fern, at the start of the month in Windsor.She also recently approved a Horse and Hound feature profiling her love of all things equestrian.Many of the Queen’s family members have inherited her passion, but it’s the monarch’s granddaughter Zara Tindall - Princess Anne’s youngest - who has most clearly picked up the baton.The mum-of-two became individual European champion riding Toytown at Blenheim in 2005 and went on to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Royal Ascot is made up of five days of horse racing, star-spotting and elegant style. Attended by the royals, this year including newlywed Meghan Markle, Ascot is considered the most sartorially superior event in the racing calendar thanks to its strict dress code. This is a must for the majority of the enclosures, but the more casual Windsor Enclosure does state: "While no formal dress code applies here, we encourage racegoers to dress for the occasion".
It’s the Queen’s favourite time of year: Royal Ascot 2018 takes place this week.From Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 23 June, celebrities will be flocking to Berkshire for this year’s races.Royals, television presenters, models, actresses and socialites alike will be donning their finest attire to take in a race or two. But they can’t just throw on any old outfit: Ascot’s strict dress code is legendary and attendees must only wear clothing – and headgear – deemed acceptable by the organisers.This year, Bardot-style necklines are banned (yes, the same neckline Meghan Markle wore to Trooping the Colour) while jumpsuits have been given the green light. Women can wear trousers, but they must be part of a co-ordinated look.No mini dresses are allowed, and dresses should have at least a one-inch shoulder strap. Fascinators, however, are still a no-go.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:The 2018 Royal Ascot dress codeThe history of Royal AscotRoyal Ascot 2017 fashion
Forget what the celebrities are wearing at Royal Ascot this year – all we really care about is the biggest and best hats.Headwear must be worn at the historic racing event and so it goes without saying that racegoers invest a whole lot of time, effort and – no doubt – money in their hats. This year’s style guidebook (yes, there really are dress code rules) dictates that once again fascinators aren’t allowed, therefore big hats with big impact are the way to go.Scroll through to see some of this year’s most show-stopping hats.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:The 2018 Royal Ascot dress codeThe history of Royal AscotRoyal Ascot 2017 fashion
Royal Ascot is said to be the first event that the Queen puts down on her calendar every year thanks to her lifelong love of horses, but where did it all begin?
Royal Ascot 2018 is soon underway.Each year, Britain’s most valuable racecourse holds a special week of races, attracting the top of British society – and of course, the royal family.But dressing for Ascot is no joke.The namesake races, located in Ascot, are attended by the Queen and her royal relatives, who set a standard for the strict formal dress code of fine dresses, suits and hats.Additions to the official dress code in 2018 make socks a requirement for gentlemen, while jumpsuits and trouser suits are were an update to the style guide in 2017. However, there are still plenty of rules for both men and women looking to attend: Morning suits must be worn in the Royal Enclosure and women must wear skirts that are no shorter than just above the knee, while any midriff-baring, sheer dresses and strappy tops are completely banned.The top tier enclosure, aptly named the Royal Enclosure, is where you can expect to find the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Queen in their finest dress.Past attendees of the races have included Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Sophie Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Zara Phillips and of course, the best dressed of all, the late Princess Diana.From the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Di, we browse the best ever Royal Ascot looks through the years…Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:Every look the Duchess of Cambridge has worn in 2018Princess Diana’s fashion evolution in pictures, from her wedding to her deathMeghan Markle’s style file: Every outfit the Duchess of Sussex has worn in public
Royal Ascot 2017 is here and with it comes a four-day-long parade of OOT outfits, mad hats, flowering fascinators and generally out-there fashion.The royals put in their appearance on day one, with the Duchess of Cambridge looking lovely in an all-white ensemble, and the Queen has already visited twice.But what are all of the ‘regular’ people wearing to the races this year? Click through the slideshow to see all of the most eye-catching looks we’ve spotted.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK. Read more from Yahoo Style UK:The best of Royal Ascot style: From the Duchess of Cambridge to Amanda HoldenJumpsuits are now allowed at Royal Ascot thanks to an updated dress codeDuchess of Cambridge is pretty in pink at Trooping the Colour parade
Royal Ascot is always a tricky event to attend. With so many fashion rules, it can be difficult – nigh impossible – to find an outfit that sticks to the event’s strict dress code. The race event has barely swayed from its formal dress code since its inception 304 years ago.
Ladies Day at Ascot is basically an excuse to get dressed up in the largest hat you’ve ever clapped eyes on. And it makes for some FANTASTIC photos….
Each year, fashion at the Royal Ascot never ceases to cross a threshold of fabulousness or wackiness. But at Ascot 2016 - you guessed it - a series of incredible outfits have already managed to steal the thunder of the races themselves.Here are our favourite picks.Ascot Races: The Style Guide Duchess Of Cambridge Proves Red Is Her Colour At Garter Day Service