Tuesday, June 14, 2011

And they're orf! Queen leads the way in style stakes as Royals attend day one of Ascot


Hat's off! The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the first day of Ascot

The Royal Family were out in full force again today as day one of Ascot kicked off.

The Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Beatrice and Eugenie arrived together in horse-drawn carriages.

This year's event is taking place as the venue celebrates its 300th year, having been founded by Queen Anne in 1711.

Sister act: Beatrice and Eugenie look demure as they arrive at the event in Berkshire

Beatrice wore a black and nude dress while Eugenie opted for lace dress by Issa and a cream jacket

The princesses looked elegant in smart attire.

Eugenie wore a teal lace dress, matching hat and white jacket.

Beatice looked demure in a nude and black outfit.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall accompanied Beatrice and Eugenie in the same carriage

Also in attendance was Danielle Lineker, who did her best Posh impression, posing in a nude Victoria Beckham dress.

The model teamed the v-neck frock with an on-trend floppy hat and platform Christian Louboutins.

Accompanied by her husband Gary, the couple cut a fine figure on day one of the races.

Head start: Danielle Linekar, left, wearing a Victoria Beckham dress, and Jackie St Clair, right, enjoyed the sunshine at day one of Ascot today

Suits you: The model was joined by her husband Gary, who cut a handsome figure in tails

Also in attendance is Jackie St Claire, a regular at the five-day meeting at the famous Berkshire racecourse, that is set to attract royals, celebrities and horse-racing fans alike.

Jackie wore an elegant grey dress offset by a larger-than-life yellow hat.

A statue of Ascot equine legend Yeats is to be unveiled during the Royal meeting, which runs until Saturday. The four-time Gold Cup winner dominated Royal Ascot from 2006 to 2009.

Theatrics: A punter gets creative left, and Anneka Tanaka-Svenska models a Louis Mariette head-piece, right

An extra group race, the Tercentenary Stakes, has also been introduced this year to mark the anniversary.

Ascot's chief executive Charles Barnett said: 'This year is a true milestone at Ascot as we mark 300 years of tremendous sport and colourful history at the Royal racecourse.'

Gold Cup day on Thursday - known as Ladies' Day - will be one of the most popular days of the meet, with extravagant outfits and hats on display for the annual festival of fashion.

Celebration: This year's Royal Ascot is taking place as the venue celebrates its 300th year, having been founded by Queen Anne in 1711

They call me mellow, yellow: A pair of punters get festive

Those in the Royal Enclosure will have to adhere to the strict dress code however.

Women must wear a hat or 'substantial fascinator' with off the shoulder and halter neck dresses, dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts all banned.

Midriffs must be covered up and trouser suits should be full length and of matching material and colour. Men must wear morning dress with a waistcoat and top hat.

Dress code: Women in the Royal Enclosure must wear a hat or 'substantial fascinator'

Danish-born designer Isabell Kristensen wears one of her own designs

A close eye will also be kept on what the Queen is wearing, with hundreds of bets placed on the colour of her hat for Gold Cup Day.

Nearly 500 horses are due to run in 30 races this year. Attendance at last year's Royal Ascot was 284,201.

Each year, the crowds consume some 170,000 bottles of champagne, around 10,000 lobsters, 5,000 oysters and 18,000 punnets of strawberries.

source: dailymail


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