Queen’s beloved niece Lady Sarah Chatto attends Royal Ascot

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The Queen’s beloved niece, Lady Sarah Chatto, made a rare public appearance alongside the rest of the royal family today as she joined Prince Charles in the Royal Box at Ascot. 

Sarah, 58, the daughter of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl Snowdon, was accompanied by her hunky son Samuel, 25, who is forging a career as a sculptor. 

Despite her closeness to Her Majesty, Lady Sarah is known for keeping a low profile, and while she’s attended Ascot in the past, she’s not regularly seen with the royal family, aside from a handful of key events.  

Sporting a cream wide-brimmed hat, the mother-of-two looked in great spirits as she took in the action on the track alongside Vice Admiral Sir Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt, the Queen’s Master of the Household.

She was also seen chatting to her cousin, Prince Charles, who appeared to be greet her with a kiss on the hand.  

Lady Sarah seemed to be wearing the same pink pleated skirt she wore to the high society race meeting in 2014.  

Lady Sarah Chatto looked in great spirits as she took in the action on the track alongside Vice Admiral Sir Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt, the Queen’s Master of the Household in the Royal Box at Royal Ascot 

Lady Sarah Chattoe kept her look netural, re-wearing a peach pleated skirt she debuted at the event in 2014, teamted with a cream hat aqnd mauve cardigan

Lady Sarah Chattoe kept her look netural, re-wearing a peach pleated skirt she debuted at the event in 2014, teamted with a cream hat aqnd mauve cardigan 

lady Sarah was greeted with a kiss on the hand by her cousing Prince Charles, while her son Samuel Chatto, 25, looked on

lady Sarah was greeted with a kiss on the hand by her cousing Prince Charles, while her son Samuel Chatto, 25, looked on 

It comes after Princess Margaret’s daughter attended the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s cathedral during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.   

Lady Sarah Chatto was born in 1964 — the last royal baby born at a palace rather than a hospital — within weeks of cousins Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor and James Ogilvy.

The Queen has been described as a ‘surrogate mother’ to Sarah and her brother, and is particularly close to Lady Sarah, who is understood to remind Her Majesty of her late sister.

One royal insider previously revealed: ‘The Queen adores Sarah and seeks out her company as often as possible. She is her absolute favourite younger Royal.

‘They are hugely at ease in each other’s company. Much giggling can be heard when they are together. They share a sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous.’

One acquaintance said: ‘Sarah is very unassuming; shy and almost embarrassed with no grandeur at all. Take royal events — she’ll be on the balcony, but she never pushes herself to the middle or the front, like some.’

 

 

 

The British royal family once again turned out in force at Royal Ascot today – with Prince Charles and Camilla leading the carriage procession for the second day of the glamorous event.

Her Majesty, 96, missed today’s occasion amid her ongoing mobility issues. The Queen has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne in 1952, apart from when it was held behind closed doors in 2020. 

Instead, the Prince of Wales, 73, and Duchess of Cornwall, 74, were in attendance alongside a host of other royals – including Princess Anne, 71, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princess Beatrice, 33, who was joined by her husband Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi, 38.

The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, cut an elegant figure in a blue lace dress from Suzannah, while Beatrice opted for a sophisticated white frock with a matching hat, featuring a navy brim. Camilla looked equally radiant in a white ensemble.

Just over a week after the Platinum Jubilee celebrations ended, members of the royal family appeared in high spirits, with many taking part in the carriage procession, before greeting one-another in the warm summer sunshine at the racecourse.  

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive for day two of Royal Ascot as they lead the royal family members attending the event

 Prince Charles and Camilla arrive for day two of Royal Ascot as they lead the royal family members attending the event

Matching! Princess Anne, 71, was all smiles as she appeared at the event, dressed in blue, like her sister-in-law Sophie

Sophie Wessex, pictured

Matching! Princess Anne, 71, was all smiles as she appeared at the event, dressed in blue, like her sister-in-law Sophie Wessex

Princess Beatrice, who on Tuesday walked through the gates of Royal Ascot with other racegoers, travelled in the third carriage with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together)

Princess Beatrice, who on Tuesday walked through the gates of Royal Ascot with other racegoers, travelled in the third carriage with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together)

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, who is the Queen's youngest son (pictured left), was also seen during today's event

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, who is the Queen’s youngest son (pictured left), was also seen during today’s event

Royal blue! Sophie Wessex looked radiant in a lace ensemble

Princess Beatrice donned a white frock when appearing alongside her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Royal blue! Sophie Wessex (left) looked radiant in a lace ensemble, while Princess Beatrice (right) donned a white frock when appearing alongside her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

The British royal family once again turned out in force at Royal Ascot today - with Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured) leading the carriage procession for the second day of the glamorous event

The British royal family once again turned out in force at Royal Ascot today – with Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured) leading the carriage procession for the second day of the glamorous event

Camilla looked radiant in a white ensemble when appearing alongside her husband The Prince of Wales today

Camilla arriving alongside Prince Charles

Camilla looked radiant in a white ensemble when appearing alongside her husband The Prince of Wales today

The Prince of Wales, 73, and Duchess of Cornwall, 74, were in attendance alongside a host of other royals - including Countess Sophie Wessex, 57, and Princess Beatrice, 33, who was joined by her husband Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi (pictured together)

The Prince of Wales, 73, and Duchess of Cornwall, 74, were in attendance alongside a host of other royals – including Countess Sophie Wessex, 57, and Princess Beatrice, 33, who was joined by her husband Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi (pictured together)

Beautiful in blue! The Queen's daughter-in-law, Sophie, cut an elegant figure in a sapphire lace dress for her appearance

Sophie Wessex pictured during today's outing

Beautiful in blue! The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, cut an elegant figure in a sapphire lace dress for her appearance 

Stylish: Princess Beatrice (pictured left) opted for a sophisticated white frock with a matching hat, featuring a navy brim

Stylish: Princess Beatrice (pictured left) opted for a sophisticated white frock with a matching hat, featuring a navy brim

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall once again lead the royal party and are likely to spend the day studying the form of the thoroughbreds and enjoying the atmosphere.

Like the Queen, the world of racing looks forward to the summer meet, which is as much a social occasion as a sporting fixture.

Charles and Camilla took part in a traditional procession along the course and travelled in the lead carriage with the master of the Queen’s household, Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex followed and Princess Beatrice, who on Tuesday walked through the gates of Royal Ascot with other racegoers, journeyed in the third carriage with husband Edoardo.

Russell and Tracy Rose, who have been regulars at Royal Ascot for decades, said it was a shame the Queen missed another day at the races but sympathised with the monarch.

Mr Rose said: ‘She’s an elderly lady and is conserving her energy and seems to be conscious about what she does. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see her make an appearance later this week if she can. Everybody would love to see her here.’

Saying Hi! Princess Beatrice opted for a glamorous makeup appearance, with a sweep of pink lipstick and black eyeliner

Saying Hi! Princess Beatrice opted for a glamorous makeup appearance, with a sweep of pink lipstick and black eyeliner

Meanwhile, her husband opted for the customary traditional morning dress, complete with a black top hat, light waistcoat and tails

He co-ordinated with Beatrice's outfit by wearing a navy tie

Meanwhile, her husband opted for the customary traditional morning dress, complete with a black top hat, light waistcoat and tails

Hat's the ticket! Princess Anne made a statement with an eye-catching blue floral headpiece when attending the second day

Hat’s the ticket! Princess Anne made a statement with an eye-catching blue floral headpiece when attending the second day

A family affair! Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Sophie Countess of Wessex stand with one another

A family affair! Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Sophie Countess of Wessex stand with one another

A beaming Sophie opted for a ruffled frock from Suzannah, which she teamed with a floral blue hat from Jane Taylor and matching high heels

A beaming Sophie opted for a ruffled frock from Suzannah, which she teamed with a floral blue hat from Jane Taylor and matching high heels

A beaming Sophie opted for a ruffled frock from Suzannah, which she teamed with a floral blue hat from Jane Taylor and matching high heels

Royal Ascot racegoers sweltered in scorching temperatures as the Queen missed another day of the famous sporting event. Pictured, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Royal Ascot racegoers sweltered in scorching temperatures as the Queen missed another day of the famous sporting event. Pictured, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Like the Queen, the world of racing looks forward to the summer meet, which is as much a social occasion as a sporting fixture. Pictured, Charles

Camilla pictured during today's outing

Like the Queen, the world of racing looks forward to the summer meet, which is as much a social occasion as a sporting fixture. Pictured left to right, Prince Charles and Camilla

Charles and Camilla took part in a traditional procession along the course and travelled in the lead carriage with the master of the Queen's household, Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt

Charles and Camilla took part in a traditional procession along the course and travelled in the lead carriage with the master of the Queen’s household, Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt

A beaming Sophie opted for a ruffled frock from Suzannah, which she teamed with a floral blue hat from Jane Taylor and matching high heels. 

Royal Ascot showed it has firmly rediscovered its pre-pandemic glamour when it opened its gates yesterday, with spectators donning high fashion finery and some show-stopping millinery. 

And day two of the British summer season society favourite saw a similarly bold couture catwalk of daring outfits, as racegoers appearing to be taking this year’s more relaxed dress code in the main spectators’ enclosure to the letter.

A sartorial rainbow was on display at the racecourse’s entrance just after 10am as thousands of spectators – sporting enormous wide-brimmed straw hats, dazzling fascinators, elegant summer gowns and towering heels in day-glo shades – poured into the Berkshire enclosures. 

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall once again lead the royal party and are likely to spend the day studying the form of the thoroughbreds and enjoying the atmosphere

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall once again lead the royal party and are likely to spend the day studying the form of the thoroughbreds and enjoying the atmosphere

Princess Beatrice's husband Edoardo appeared dapper as he joined his wife at the event alongside other royal family members

Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo appeared dapper as he joined his wife at the event alongside other royal family members

Channing Millerd, Lady Eliza Spencer, Lady Amelia Spencer and Greg Mallett attend Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse

Channing Millerd, Lady Eliza Spencer, Lady Amelia Spencer and Greg Mallett attend Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse

The Prince of Wales watches the action through binoculars from a balcony during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Prince of Wales watches the action through binoculars from a balcony during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Prince Charles peck's the cheek of one of the racegoers during the second day of Royal Ascot this afternoon

Prince Charles peck’s the cheek of one of the racegoers during the second day of Royal Ascot this afternoon

Pretty in pink! This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby oozed elegance in a midi dress with a bow neckline

Pretty in pink! This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby oozed elegance in a midi dress with a bow neckline

Pretty in pink! This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby oozed elegance in a midi dress with a bow neckline

(L to R) Dame Deborah James, brother Benjamin James and his fiancé Ashley Hall attend Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse

(L to R) Dame Deborah James, brother Benjamin James and his fiancé Ashley Hall attend Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the royal procession into the parade ring ahead of racing on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the royal procession into the parade ring ahead of racing on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

One reveller turned heads with a spectacular millinery effort that included more than a dozen unicorns in pastel shades, while another donned a gigantic multi-coloured bow, and some lightning bolt earrings – catching the eye of photographers at the race meet. 

Elsewhere, there was everything from traditional top hat and tails for gents heading to the Royal Enclosure, to sharp monochrome looks and floaty floral ensembles.

The 2022 published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, requests formality remains in the Royal Enclosure – where punters have been able to buy their way in since 2007 – but hints at a less strict approach elsewhere, suggesting exuberant occasion wear is positively encouraged this year.

Plenty of fans adopted a patriotic theme too, to ensure the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, with red, white and blue incorporated into their outfits for the day.

Say it with flowers: A spectator smiles as she arrives in a vibrant pink and orange ensemble, twinned with a multi-layered orange hat

Say it with flowers: A spectator smiles as she arrives in a vibrant pink and orange ensemble, twinned with a multi-layered orange hat

Give us a twirl! Glamorously-attired racegoers headed to famous Berkshire course for the second day of Royal Ascot - including this lady who opted for a fit and flare in cerise

Give us a twirl! Glamorously-attired racegoers headed to famous Berkshire course for the second day of Royal Ascot – including this lady who opted for a fit and flare in cerise 

Milliner Awon Golding wears one of her own designs...with pom poms in shades of pink the main attraction

Milliner Awon Golding wears one of her own designs…with pom poms in shades of pink the main attraction

A vision in lemon; this lady wore a lemon-hued knee-length close-fitted dress with matching pillbox

A racegoer goes for a pleated Grecian-style dress in bright orange, with a straw hat with orange feathered adornments

Oranges and lemons: Fashion fans haven’t shied away from the boldest shades as day two kicks off at Royal Ascot

Spectator Amelia Johnson also picked out orange, with a blue clutch and co-ordinated hat

Spectator Amelia Johnson also picked out orange, with a blue clutch and co-ordinated hat

Hats off to day two! The summer season staple has returned largely to its pre-pandemic glory - and spectators have gone all out with their attire

A swirl of green atop a pillbox hat made this spectators outfit stand out

Hats off to day two! The summer season staple has returned largely to its pre-pandemic glory – with zero Covid restrictions on revellers and a more relaxed dress code in the main spectators’ enclosure now in place

A slick of purple lipstick complemented this racegoer's imposing look, which included purple and violet floral dress, and an eye-catching yellow hat, while her companion opted for pretty red flowers and matching millinery

A slick of purple lipstick complemented this racegoer’s imposing look, which included purple and violet floral dress, and an eye-catching yellow hat, while her companion opted for pretty red flowers and matching millinery

Creativity abounds: A playful watering can handbag finished off this green summer lace number

Creativity abounds: A playful watering can handbag finished off this green summer lace number

Unicorn dream: This spectacular millinery incorporates dozens of unicorns in pastel shades

An over-sized many coloured bow - and some lightning bolt earrings - caught the eye of photographers at the race meet

Unicorn dream: This spectacular millinery incorporates dozens of unicorns in pastel shades. Right, an over-sized many coloured bow – and some lightning bolt earrings – caught the eye of photographers at the race meet 

Head to toe glamour: With the sun high and hot for the afternoon's races, this spectator opted for a straw hat with a huge brim

More daring designs - including these lime feathered heels - are on display at Royal Ascot this year

Head to toe glamour: With the sun high and hot for the afternoon’s races, this spectator opted for a straw hat with a huge brim. Right: More daring designs – including these lime feathered heels – are on display at Royal Ascot this year  

Hat designer Lisa Tan, who attended day one of the event, arrives in a vision of pink - with a circular leather horse clutch - for day two

Pink satin and diamante heels and a cerise hat, with a snakeskin clutch in green, accessorise this green and pink checked pleat dress

In the pink: Hat designer Lisa Tan, who attended day one of the event, arrives in a vision of pink – with a circular leather horse clutch – for day two. Right: Pink diamante heels and a cerise hat, with a snakeskin clutch in green, accessorise this green and pink checked pleat dress

Dance star Oti Mabuse looked stunning in emerald satin and an unusual cerise pink hat as she waltzed into the race meet

Dance star Oti Mabuse looked stunning in emerald satin and an unusual cerise pink hat as she waltzed into the race meet

Those with the widest brimmed hats are likely to be best suited for temperatures that look set to soar to over 25 degrees in this leafy portion of Berkshire this afternoon. 

Races running at Ascot today include the Queen Mary Stakes (2.30pm), the Queen’s Vase (3:05pm) and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.40pm). 

There were more celebrities at the meet on Wednesday, with Good Morning Britain star Charlotte Hawkins, dancer Oti Mabuse and comedian Rob Beckett among them. Penny Lancaster arrived wearing a white dress adorned with a purple wisteria design, and finished the look with a purple felt wide-brimmed hat.

Co-ordinated chic: These three ladies were all smiles as they attended the occasion together in all their colourful finery

Co-ordinated chic: These three ladies were all smiles as they attended the occasion together in all their colourful finery

Looking good! These two ladies appeared effortlessly elegant in their sophisticated outfits as they posed up a storm

Looking good! These two ladies appeared effortlessly elegant in their sophisticated outfits as they posed up a storm

Looking good! These two ladies appeared effortlessly elegant in their sophisticated outfits as they posed up a storm

Fashion desginer Kyle De'Volle stuns in a shimmering blue ensemble

Red hot: Good Morning Britain star Charlotte Hawkins opted for a patterned dress

Show stopping looks! Fashion desginer Kyle De’Volle stuns in a shimmering blue ensemble, left, while Good Morning Britain star Charlotte Hawkins opted for a patterned dress, right

Say cheese! Glamorous racegoers, arriving ahead of racing on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, pose for a photo

Say cheese! Glamorous racegoers, arriving ahead of racing on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, pose for a photo

Bright and colourful! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status - with zero restrictions on revellers - and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

Bright and colourful! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status - with zero restrictions on revellers - and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

Bright and colourful! The famous racing event has returned largely to pre-pandemic status – with zero restrictions on revellers – and a dress code that appears to encourage people to go all out on occasion wear

Monochrome might: Black and white proved an ever popular choice for occasion wear

This chic attendee chose a skirt and blouse with a statement black bow and whiteheels

Monochrome might: Black and white has proved an ever popular choice for occasion wear this year so far

Whites and creams also featured heavily in the sartorial choices for day two attendees, with this sophisticated-looking racing fan opting for a white lace dress with a wide, bow-style collar

Whites and creams also featured heavily in the sartorial choices for day two attendees, with this sophisticated-looking racing fan opting for a white lace dress with a wide, bow-style collar

Meanwhile, for the royal procession today, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall and Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt arrived in the first carriage.

The second carriage included The Earl of Wessex, The Countess of Wessex, The Lord de Mauley and The Lady de Mauley, while in the third, Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi joined Princess Alexandra and The Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

The royals were out in force yesterday. The Queen, residing in Windsor Castle, seven miles north of the course, missed the event amid her ongoing mobility issues.

Berry nice! A spectator arrives for day two of Royal Ascot wearing a berry themed apricot summer dress with matching pillbox hat and deep red heels

A racegoer looks chic in a stylish white floral dress with matching white hat, bag and heels

Berry nice! A spectator arrives for day two of Royal Ascot wearing a berry themed apricot summer dress with matching pillbox hat and deep red heels. Right: A racegoer looks chic in a stylish white floral dress with matching white hat, bag and heels

Giant Union Jack screens greeted racing fans - keeping the Platinum Jubilee celebrations firmly in mind

Giant Union Jack screens greeted racing fans – keeping the Platinum Jubilee celebrations firmly in mind

Plenty of fans adopted a patriotic theme too, to ensure the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, with red, white and blue incorporated into their outfits for the day

Plenty of fans adopted a patriotic theme too, to ensure the Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue, with red, white and blue incorporated into their outfits for the day

Dazzling headwear, including these two drama-filled red and black designs, stole the sartorial show on Wednesday

Dazzling headwear, including these two drama-filled red and black designs, stole the sartorial show on Wednesday

A flourish of feathers: This stylish racegoer opted for an eye-catching hat design, with pink and white feather plumes spilling over the edge

A flourish of feathers: This stylish racegoer opted for an eye-catching hat design, with pink and white feather plumes spilling over the edge

Good Morning Britain star Charlotte Hawkins, also a day one attendee, chose a red skirt dress with navy branch detail and a co-ordinated hat as she headed to the event's second day

Wild for wisteria: Penny Lancaster arrived in a purple and white off-the-shoulder dress with a purple felt wide-brimmed hat

Good Morning Britain star Charlotte Hawkins, also a day one attendee, chose a red skirt dress with navy branch detail and a co-ordinated hat as she headed to the event’s second day. Wild for wisteria: Penny Lancaster arrived in a purple and white off-the-shoulder dress with a purple felt wide-brimmed hat

Actress Helen George plumped for an African-style dress design with a tilted black hat adding a stylish edge

Actress Helen George plumped for an African-style dress design with a tilted black hat adding a stylish edge

The Queen did make it...sort of! Two spectators enjoy a cooling Pimm's, with a cardboard cut-out of HRH watching over them

The Queen did make it…sort of! Two spectators enjoy a cooling Pimm’s, with a cardboard cut-out of HRH watching over them

Sandwiches in the sun: al fresco lunches broke out in the car park

Sandwiches in the sun: al fresco lunches broke out in the car park

Funnyman Rob Beckett donned his smartest suit - with a black tie - for a day at the races on Wednesday

Comic Jason Mansford arrived with his wife Lucy

Funnymen: Rob Beckett donned his smartest suit – with a black tie – for a day at the races on Wednesday. Right: Comic Jason Mansford arrived with his wife Lucy

A Scottish racing fan dressed up in his country's traditional attire - complete with a tartan kilt

A Scottish racing fan dressed up in his country’s traditional attire – complete with a tartan kilt 

Platty Joobs footwear! A racegoer wears quirky leather Union Jack shoes and red socks

Gents heading for the Royal Enclosure donned either grey or black top hats...reflecting the formal nature of the highest tier of specators' stand

Platty Joobs footwear! A racegoer wears quirky leather Union Jack shoes and red socks, left, and gents heading for the Royal Enclosure donned either grey or black top hats…reflecting the formal nature of the highest tier of specators’ stand, right

Checking out the runners and riders: A top-hatted spectator looks to be taking tips seriously as he awaits day two's races

Checking out the runners and riders: A top-hatted spectator looks to be taking tips seriously as he awaits day two’s races

Not the day for a bearskin! Racegoers pose for a photo with guards in royal uniform at the event, which lies seven miles south of Windsor

Not the day for a bearskin! Racegoers pose for a photo with guards in royal uniform at the event, which lies seven miles south of Windsor

Her Majesty was a regular at the Berkshire racecourse before the pandemic and has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne in 1952, apart from when it was held behind closed doors in 2020.

However, the 96-year-old monarch is thought to have watched from home just seven miles away at Windsor Castle this afternoon, especially when her horse King’s Lynn started racing in the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40pm.

Royal Ascot dates from 1711 when Queen Anne drove from nearby Windsor with her entourage for a day’s sport organised at her command.

Making merry: Grinning spectators took selfies galore ahead of the second day of the famous race meet

Making merry: Grinning spectators took selfies galore ahead of the second day of the famous race meet 

What a way to arrive: Those bound for the Royal Enclosure trotted into Royal Ascot on a horse and carriage

What a way to arrive: Those bound for the Royal Enclosure trotted into Royal Ascot on a horse and carriage

Two lines: The spectators enclosure looked crowded, while the queue for the Royal Enclosure - where top hats and tails are standard for men - was shorter

Two lines: The spectators enclosure looked crowded, while the queue for the Royal Enclosure – where top hats and tails are standard for men – was shorter

Pristine lawns: a groundmen offers a final cut to the grass inside the beautiful race course

Pristine lawns: a groundmen offers a final cut to the grass inside the beautiful race course

Any tips? Races running at Ascot today include the Queen Mary Stakes (2.30pm), the Queen¿s Vase (3:05pm) and the Prince Of Wales¿s Stakes (3.40pm)

Any tips? Races running at Ascot today include the Queen Mary Stakes (2.30pm), the Queen’s Vase (3:05pm) and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.40pm)

Security: Armed officers patrolled the entrance to Royal Ascot ahead of day two

Security: Armed officers patrolled the entrance to Royal Ascot ahead of day two 

The weather at the racing event, a highlight of the British summer season, is expected to top 25 degrees today

The weather at the racing event, a highlight of the British summer season, is expected to top 25 degrees today

THE OFFICIAL ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE 2022 

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE 

LADIES  

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire's Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire’s Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000 

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent.

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent. 

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. 
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered. 
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.
  • Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses. 
  • Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted. 

GIRLS

  • Girls (aged 10-17) should dress in accordance with the Ladies’ Dress Code. However, they may wear a headpiece or fascinator as an alternative to a hat, without any size restriction. 

 GENTLEMEN

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85 

It is a requirement to wear black, grey or navy morning dress which must include: 

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats or bow ties)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes worn with socks

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a Private Box, a private club or a facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. 

Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Gardens.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure

Novelty waistcoats and ties are not permitted. Discreet patterns and those of a patriotic nature (for example, a national flag) are acceptable.

BOYS

  • Boys (aged 10-17) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s Dress Code; or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted on site.

QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE  

LADIES 

Pictured: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875

Pictured: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875. Pictured right: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. 
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149 

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry's £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry’s £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Gentlemen’s Dress Code Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length suit with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following: Jackets and trousers should be of matching colour and pattern. 

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Bow ties and cravats are not permitted.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle. Jeans, chinos and trainers are not permitted. 

BOYS

  • Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

VILLAGE ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050

Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050. Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750 

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Village Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length, and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted

Please note, the Village Enclosure is a grassed area and ladies should consider their hat size and shoes accordingly. Smaller hats or fascinators and wedges or block heels are recommended in place of large headwear or stilettos.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested.
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be work but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59 

Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length trousers and jacket with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Ties, bow ties or cravats can be worn in the Village Enclosure.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.
  • Jeans and trainers are not permitted.

BOYS 

Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

WINDSOR ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99 

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Ladies are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator.

GENTLEMEN

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Gentlemen are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that Gentlemen wear a jacket, collared shirt and full-length trousers.

 

 

The history of fashion at Royal Ascot – Key Dates: 

Late 1700s – Beau Brummell, a close friend of the Prince Regent, who decreed that ‘men of elegance should wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons’ and this set the tone for the dress code that is still adhered to by men in the Royal Enclosure. 

1830s – Queen Victoria’s visit to Royal Ascot saw her arrive in a pretty lace dress with a full bell skirt and shawl. She also started a craze for the porter bonnet, shielding the wearer from male eyes. 

1890s – As the dawn of a new century arrived, fashion took on an almost celebratory tone. Skirts were less full, but silhouettes made a greater statement with angular hips and puffed sleeves. Hats were large and full of feathers and adornments. 

1900s – One of fashions most iconic images; that of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady was inspired when costume designer Cecil Beaton saw images of Black Ascot, The 1910 Royal Ascot meeting was in full mourning over the death of King Edward. 

1920s – Hemlines were shorter and cuts were smaller in the 1920s reflecting a post-war generation’s rebellion against old traditions. Pearls and furs were the accessories of the day. 

1950s – Christian Dior’s New Look, a small waist and full skirt, was proving popular however it was when the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth and her stylish sister Princess Margaret wore the style at Royal Ascot that it was cemented in history. 

1960s – Royal Ascot’s glamorous profile elevated when Italian actress Sophia Loren was photographed in the Royal Enclosure. In modern times some of the biggest names in Hollywood and fashion have attended.

1970s – Trouser suits became more popular following their introduction to the dress code in 1971. Gertrude Shilling, The Ascot Mascot, delighted press with her extravagant outfits. One year, one of her son David’s millinery designs outgrew the Shilling’s long-wheel-based Rolls Royce, so the hat had to follow in a van behind. 

1980s – Sharp lines and bright colours took centre stage during this decade. With statement hats and pointed heels, there was little room for floaty florals in 1980s glamour. 

2012 – Royal Ascot officially launches its Style Guide to racegoers outlining dress code regulations for the Royal Enclosure and Queen Anne Enclosure (formally known as Grandstand). 

2017 – The jumpsuit is formally accepted in the Royal Enclosure Dress Code and the Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code is extended to the new Village Enclosure. 

2018 – Royal Ascot introduce Style Guides for the Village Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure. 

2020 – Royal Ascot runs behind closed doors for first time in the event’s history during global COVID-19 pandemic. 

2021 – Navy morning suits were permitted in the Royal Enclosure. 

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