Priti Patel dons £185 coat and £1,595 hat as she arrives at Gorious Goodwood

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Glamorous Goodwood! Chic racegoers opt for bright block colours and monochrome combinations on the first day of the racing festival – while home secretary Priti Patel wraps up in £185 coat and dons £1,595 hat

  • Racegoers have come out dressed in all their finery for day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2022
  • Glamorous guests were photographed in brightly-coloured dresses, suits and headpieces that stole the show
  • Home secretary Priti Patel was prepared for the elements as she arrived at the race course in a light pink coat

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Racegoers have descended on Goodwood racecourse dressed in all ther finery on the first day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2022.

Revellers who might have been expecting a scorcher ended up with much milder weather on day one of the Festival, with temperatures in Chichester, West Sussex predicted to hit highs of 22C.

However they didn’t let it stop them donning their stunning summer dresses – and many still accessorised with sunglasses for when the rays broke through the clouds.

Feeling chilly, home secretary? Cabinet member Priti Patel, 50, wore a pale pink Cordings coat over her white dress as she arrived at the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2022

These glamorous racegoers opted for monochrome outfits, looking beautiful in large polka-dots and more delicate patterns - while their headpieces stole the show

These glamorous racegoers opted for monochrome outfits, looking beautiful in large polka-dots and more delicate patterns – while their headpieces stole the show

These pals posed for the camera in their black-and-white outfits, accessorised with heeled sandals and clutch bags

These pals posed for the camera in their black-and-white outfits, accessorised with heeled sandals and clutch bags

In contrast these guests opted for bold colours, with clashing hot orange and pink shades and bright blue. Two of the guests flashed their Yves Saint Laurent handbags as they smiled for photos

In contrast these guests opted for bold colours, with clashing hot orange and pink shades and bright blue. Two of the guests flashed their Yves Saint Laurent handbags as they smiled for photos

Home secretary Priti Patel even made an appearance – but the MP for Witham came prepared in a £185 pale pink coat from Cordings for the milder weather.

Her pearled, crescent moon headband appears to be the Alemona design from Jane Taylor – made to order and costing around £1,595. 

Underneath the cabinet member’s coat it was possible to catch a glimpse of her ballerina-length white netted dress.

She accessorised her look with a string of pearls around her neck and pearl earrings, complete with a pearl brooch on her coat.

While the home secretary opted for milder pastel colours, other racegoers donned bright blues and oranges – while some kept things monochrome in stylish black-and-white.

The home secretary beamed as she arrived all wrapped up, accessorising her dress and coat with a string of pearls around her neck, pearled earrings and a pearl brooch

The home secretary beamed as she arrived all wrapped up, accessorising her dress and coat with a string of pearls around her neck, pearled earrings and a pearl brooch

Ms Patel's pastel-coloured outfit stood out in a sea of navy, black and dark grey suits as she strolled into the festival

Ms Patel’s pastel-coloured outfit stood out in a sea of navy, black and dark grey suits as she strolled into the festival

Perfect pear-ing! This zany couple looked colourful in their floral-patterned dress and suit - with the woman's fascinator featuring pieces of fruit

Perfect pear-ing! This zany couple looked colourful in their floral-patterned dress and suit – with the woman’s fascinator featuring pieces of fruit

This stylish guest, who was perhaps anticipating a long day, sensibly opted for flat sandals with her white pencil skirt and blue and white pinstriped shirt

This stylish guest, who was perhaps anticipating a long day, sensibly opted for flat sandals with her white pencil skirt and blue and white pinstriped shirt

Of course, the focus of many outfits was the hats and fascinators donned by guests, who ensured their headpieces stole the show. 

Today marks the first day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2022, known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ which takes place over five days.

The third day of the festival typically marks Ladies’ Day, where all eyes are on the women of the festival and their stunning outfits.

Ladies’ Day kicks off with the ladies’ amateur jockey race – proceeds of which have previously gone towards supporting charities dedicated to women and children.

The Glorious Goodwood dress code celebrates ‘quintisentially British style’ which can be anything from high fashion to a more relaxed look.

In particular, the festival’s website notes the event is known for linen suits, Panama hats and chic dresses. 

After a year out in 2020 due to the Covid lockdown, the Goodwood Festival returned in 2021 to welcome racegoers back to the Chichester circuit.

Guests were pictured walking into the race course in all their finery as the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2022 kicked off

Guests were pictured walking into the race course in all their finery as the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2022 kicked off

It's never too early! This guest looked cool and collected as she donned her sunglasses to sit down with a glass of bubbly in the afternoon

It’s never too early! This guest looked cool and collected as she donned her sunglasses to sit down with a glass of bubbly in the afternoon

These guests beamed as they arrived at Glorious Goodwood, with one opting for a green floral dress while the other looked chic in a white suit

These guests beamed as they arrived at Glorious Goodwood, with one opting for a green floral dress while the other looked chic in a white suit

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