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Royal style & gossip: What a smashing, positively dashing spectacle - the Ascot opening day

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QueenOfTheAndals Wed 19-Jun-19 11:46:36

Obviously today's the second day of Ascot but given Kate's outfit yesterday, I felt a My Fair lady tribute was fitting!

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Stravapalava Wed 19-Jun-19 13:22:16


I hope they are all out again today. There definitely seemed to be an air of celebration / happiness yesterday.

Horsemad Wed 19-Jun-19 13:23:41

@QueenOfTheAndals - yes, I think yellow too! ☀️

CadburysTastesVileNow Wed 19-Jun-19 13:33:18


youngestisapsycho Wed 19-Jun-19 13:40:56

Found this online

beanaseireann Wed 19-Jun-19 13:54:05

Anyone else notice Amanda Wakeley wearing agigantic oversized Anne Boleyn headband, photographed yesterday at Ascot ?

queenofarles Wed 19-Jun-19 13:56:06

Regarding today’s Ascot.
Not very exciting!

Is the countess of Mountbatten none other than Penelope Knatbull?

AppleKatie Wed 19-Jun-19 14:00:37

Thanks for new thread <checking in for pics>

alldressedupinblue Wed 19-Jun-19 14:04:03

The Duke of Edinburgh's friend, Penelope Mountbatten, is in this pic:

pinkladyapples Wed 19-Jun-19 14:12:16

Looks like HMQ is in blue again on some photos I have seen on Twitter.

Horsemad Wed 19-Jun-19 14:12:24

Hmmm, maybe yellow tomorrow - it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow! 😉

Are the junior Royals absent today?

I have a friend of the family attending in the Royal Enclosure on Friday!! Not sure how reliable he'll be for info, he's only 20 and I can't imagine he'll be that bothered about the fashion/goss! 😆

SunshineCake Wed 19-Jun-19 14:39:24

this is nice.

SunshineCake Wed 19-Jun-19 14:44:08

Carriage ride.

FATEdestiny Wed 19-Jun-19 14:45:02

I have always thought (my mum.always told me) that had a should always be worn over the forehead, much further forward than you might expect.

Clearly wearing hats forward is a 'thing, because everyone does it and have done for years. But look back at that (and other) pictures of HM and PM as young adults, and no hats are worn rediculouly far forward on the head.

Why / when the change?

FATEdestiny Wed 19-Jun-19 14:45:59

"...that hats should always be worn over the forehead..."

youngestisapsycho Wed 19-Jun-19 14:53:42


Laiste Wed 19-Jun-19 14:56:03

@FATEdestiny same here.

Maybe they didn't want to cover their faces too much so they could be seen by the people. Less media opportunities for the average person to get a glimps of HM.

Another thing my mother drilled into me (along with the low hat) is that if you carry a bunch of flowers (bride/bridesmaid) you hold them low, just beneath the navel. Looks much nicer than clutched right up in the air by your boobs. I think nerves causes people to do the later though.

Nogravyforyou Wed 19-Jun-19 15:00:58

The Queens hat is beautiful

Horsemad Wed 19-Jun-19 15:02:54

Oh yes @Laiste, I totally agree re bouquets! Remember somebody who was watching me go in telling me to hold mine slightly lower when I arrived at church!

beanaseireann Wed 19-Jun-19 15:09:16

The dressmaker who made my wedding dress told me to hold my bouquet down in front of my f*nny. grin
Of course I forgot.

TracyBeakerSoYeah Wed 19-Jun-19 15:13:36

Thanks Queen

And Bean grin

QueenOfTheAndals Wed 19-Jun-19 15:28:18

@Laiste I was a bridesmaid when I was about 7 or 8 and insisted on holding my bouquet in front of my face. It was a fairly large bridal party and in the photos all the other bridesmaids are holding their bouquets where they should be, and there I am with flowers grasped firmly in front of face!

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 19-Jun-19 15:30:22

At a US wedding the florist told all us bridesmaids that the "flowers grow on the bush". We were shocked but we all remembered!

frugalkitty Wed 19-Jun-19 15:41:39

The thing about totals wearing hats is that they need to avoid hiding their faces because then they don't photograph well. Grace Kelly wore a huge hat when she sailed into Monaco to be married and there was a lot of complaining by the press and people who'd turned out to watch because they couldn't see her face.

QueenOfTheAndals Wed 19-Jun-19 16:01:52

Speaking of Grace, I found an old Pathe reel of her wedding. She looks as miserable as Charlene did but perhaps she was just a bit overwhelmed by the occasion.

SeaRabbit Wed 19-Jun-19 16:18:12

I think the Queen's hat today is hideous - the flowers look like something from Accessorise.

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