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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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Myimaginarycathasfleas Wed 19-Jun-19 19:02:35

* Why did Sophie never end up as popular as Diana in the celebrity stakes? She's as beautiful, high profile, etc.*

There was a huge amount of interest in who Charles married. But also Diana did have star quality. Sophie, with the best will in the world, didn't.

She looked a lot like Diana but in a diluted way. She didn't have Diana's way with the media. We thought (mistakenly) that Diana was shy, but in fact she was artfully coy. She had a twinkle in her eye that was very winning.

Sophie has turned out to be a rock solid royal, but she didn't have the same appeal as Diana. And probably no bad thing.

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 19-Jun-19 19:09:46

Agree with @Myimaginarycathasfleas but also by the time Sophie married Edward we'd already seen three of the Queen's children marry and divorce so there just wasn't much public interest.

DobbyTheHouseElk Wed 19-Jun-19 19:21:56

Caught up again, lost track of the last thread.

I liked Catherine’s blue dress. The skirt was very princessey. Love it.

QueenOfTheAndals Wed 19-Jun-19 19:23:49

I think Edward's always been seen as the least of HM's children. He wasn't the first to get married like Anne, he wasn't the future king like Charles and he wasn't a dashing naval hero like Andrew. He has the air of a suburban bank manager or middle class vicar. But he puts in the hours these days and gets very little publicity - if you look at the court circular he's got engagements almost every day!

DobbyTheHouseElk Wed 19-Jun-19 19:41:08

I think
Edward and Sophie are very hard working and being a bit dull they get left alone, thus perpetuating the “dull” tag. I think they are very clever. They get to have a private life.

TyraAllen Wed 19-Jun-19 19:45:23

Yes, Edward does loads, maybe he needs to do more joint engagements with Sophie so he gets a bit more notice?

Myimaginarycathasfleas Wed 19-Jun-19 19:48:19

Without meaning to be unkind, Edward has always seemed like the embodiment of middle class, middle England, middle age. They have turned out to be a very safe pair of hands and I think the Queen recognises and appreciates this.

Myimaginarycathasfleas Wed 19-Jun-19 19:49:51

And thank you Queen for the new thread. Pardon my manners!

Notmyrealname855 Wed 19-Jun-19 20:23:12

Placemarking! grin

CurlyWurlyTwirly Wed 19-Jun-19 20:25:27

Ascot was a bit uninspiring today.
Check out Anne’s sensible coat; and who she’s with.
Camilla has an impressive collection of chokers

DobbyTheHouseElk Wed 19-Jun-19 20:31:03

That’s a very practical coat.

beanaseireann Wed 19-Jun-19 20:34:22

Well he is a widower now isn't he ?

shedid Wed 19-Jun-19 20:47:29

Who is he?

CadburysTastesVileNow Wed 19-Jun-19 20:48:41

ooh - grace had to wait at the altar while Rainier walked down the aisle. Is that protocol? I'll have to check out Albert's wedding to see

CadburysTastesVileNow Wed 19-Jun-19 20:52:09

Nope. Hell of a long walk for Charlene in tall heels though.

CurlyWurlyTwirly Wed 19-Jun-19 21:04:06

Well he is a widower now isn't he ?

Yes but Anne is still married

( it’s Andrew Parker Bowles; Camilla’s first husband)

UrsulaPandress Wed 19-Jun-19 21:06:15

Oh bless Ann. She’s grabbed something from the coat hooks by the back door. I have similar

PinkSun9 Wed 19-Jun-19 21:06:49

@ Shedid

He is Camilla's ex husband Andrew, who at one point had an affair with Princess Anne. Rumours have it that Commander Tim and PA are living a separate life and Andrew Parker Boyles are back together.

PinkSun9 Wed 19-Jun-19 21:09:26

ETA, ..... that supposedly Andrew and Anne are together again.

RomaineCalm Wed 19-Jun-19 21:09:47

That coat worn over an Ascot 'frock' is exactly why I love PA.

MummyToEthan Wed 19-Jun-19 21:17:44

Thanks Queen winebrewgincake

GlamGiraffe Wed 19-Jun-19 21:21:24

@Gooseysgirl @Disfordarkchocolate Ypure both so right about the hat. I hasn't even thought if Poundland. I was thinking something far more upmarket. Perhaps Claire's accessories?
It's a bit like a child's Easter bonnet project on further reflection.

Considering the current climatic situation I am wondering if I should be purchasing a practical PA coat. She may be on to a good thing.😉😂

AdaColeman Wed 19-Jun-19 21:26:59

I love the Pathe film of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer, thanks for posting that Queen!
I've got two of the wine glasses used at their wedding banquet, a little bit of history! wine wine

AdaColeman Wed 19-Jun-19 21:30:41

Her Maj looks as though she grabbed her hat off a passing Morris Man dancer! grin

Spudlet Wed 19-Jun-19 21:40:19

Anne: 'Pretty dress, or warm, dry and comfortable? No contest!'

Go Anne grin

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