Glamorous racegoers pull out all the stops in elaborate headgear for Royal Ascot


The Duchess of Cambridge led the glamour as members of the royal family arrived for day four of Royal Ascot, amid soaring temperatures today.

Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate, 40, donned a £1,970 Alessandra Rich polka dot dress as she joined Prince William, 39, in the traditional carriage procession. This is the first time the Cambridges have attended the Berkshire meeting since 2019.

The Queen has two horses running today but, amid her ongoing mobility issues, she didn’t join her family members stepping out for the occasion – which included Peter Phillips and his girlfriend Lindsay Wallace, who attended a number of events with the monarch’s grandson over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

With temperatures predicted to reach 31C (87.8F) but feeling hotter, organisers have announced that the dress code will not be enforced in all enclosures and male attendees will be allowed to remove jackets and ties.

Dusting off their finery, guests pulled out all the stops as they arrived at the lavish racing event, opting to wear a colourful array of dresses, over-the-top headgear and shimmering jewellery.

Winning smiles: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be seen beaming as they arrived at the fourth day of Royal Ascot

Couple goals: Prince William and Kate, who share three children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, three, together, appeared both as stylish as each other when attending the event today

Couple goals: Prince William and Kate, who share three children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, three, together, appeared both as stylish as each other when attending the event today

Stylish: Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate, 40, donned a £1,970 Alessandra Rich polka dot dress as she joined Prince William, 39, in the traditional carriage procession

All smiles: Kate seemingly couldn't help but smile when attending today's event alongside her husband

Stylish: Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate, 40, donned a £1,970 Alessandra Rich polka dot dress as she joined Prince William, 39, in the traditional carriage procession

Looking good: Mother-of-three Kate teamed her high-neck polka dot dress with a matching white and black floral hat, as well as pearl drop earrings, while sporting a smattering of glamorous makeup

Looking good: Mother-of-three Kate teamed her high-neck polka dot dress with a matching white and black floral hat, as well as pearl drop earrings, while sporting a smattering of glamorous makeup 

Mother-of-three Kate teamed her high-neck polka dot dress with a matching white and black floral hat, as well as pearl drop earrings, while sporting a smattering of glamorous makeup.

Her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, appeared dashing in a morning suit with a top hat and light blue patterned tie as he arrived alongside her in the carriage.

Joining the royal couple at the event was Lady Gabriella Windsor, who looked chic in a white top hat and a blue patterned dress.

The daughter of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, 41, paired her statement headpiece with a pale pink clutch bag and matching, pointed toe heels. She wore a simple silver bracelet on her wrist, and opted for low-key make-up.

Lady Gabriella, who attended with her financier husband Thomas Kingston, didn’t disappoint in a dazzling blue patterned button-down dress, which gathered at the sleeves. Mr Kingston was also dressed to impress in a grey top hat, pink tie and fitted tailcoat.

Charming: The Duke of Cambridge appeared dashing in a morning suit with a top hat and light blue patterned tie as he arrived alongside Kate

Charming: The Duke of Cambridge appeared dashing in a morning suit with a top hat and light blue patterned tie as he arrived alongside Kate

Back again! This is the first time the Cambridges (pictured today) have attended the Berkshire meeting since 2019

Back again! This is the first time the Cambridges (pictured today) have attended the Berkshire meeting since 2019

Different dress code: With temperatures predicted to reach 31C (87.8F) but feeling hotter, organisers have announced that the dress code will not be enforced in all enclosures and male attendees will be allowed to remove jackets and ties. Pictured, Kate and William

Different dress code: With temperatures predicted to reach 31C (87.8F) but feeling hotter, organisers have announced that the dress code will not be enforced in all enclosures and male attendees will be allowed to remove jackets and ties. Pictured, Kate and William

Lady Gabriella’s appearance at Royal Ascot comes amid reports Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are to retire from public life. 

This year, Prince Michael, the Queen’s first cousin and a fluent Russian speaker with a lineage to Tsar Nicholas II, was forced to sever his ties to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

He stepped down as patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, and handed back an Order of Friendship award, one of Russia’s highest honours.

Michael, who turns 80 next month, and his wife, Marie-Christine, 77, will step down from public life, according to The Daily Telegraph. It is understood the retirement will coincide with the prince’s birthday on July 4.

Other notable arrivals this afternoon include Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie, who stunned in an Emilia Wickstead white dress that was rented from MyWardrobeHQ for the occasion, in keeping with her love of sustainable fashion.

Seen by many as the calendar highlight of the British summer season, Royal Ascot has finally returned to its former, pre-pandemic glory – with attendees unhindered by Covid restrictions and encouraged to go all out in the sartorial stakes.

Indeed, this year’s published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, requests formality remains in the Royal Enclosure – but hints at a more relaxed approach elsewhere, suggesting exuberant occasion wear is positively encouraged in 2022.

Today’s catwalk included monochrome frocks, flashes of fuschia and floating summer dresses in yellow and greens. Many of those arriving at the main spectators’ enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits with pals too. 

A rainbow of colour! Dusting off their finery, guests pulled out all the stops as they attended the fourth day of the Berkshire horse racing event, opting to wear a colourful array of dresses

A rainbow of colour! Dusting off their finery, guests pulled out all the stops as they attended the fourth day of the Berkshire horse racing event, opting to wear a colourful array of dresses

Fun friends! Many of those arriving at the main spectators' enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits with pals too

Fun friends! Many of those arriving at the main spectators’ enclosure opted for co-ordinating outfits with pals too

TOWIE star Ferne McCannn clashed hot pink and red in a gown with puffed sleeves and a sweetheart neckline and strappy sandals. She paired the outfit with a red leather bag imprinted with her initials and wore a red hat with netted flowers

Love Island star Georgia Townsend kept it cute in white, wearing a peplum dress with lace and pointed beige heels. She added a splash of pink in the ribbon around her straw hat

Reality TV stars Ferne McCann and Georgia Townsend flocked to the races, with Ferne wearing gorgeous bold colours while Georgia kept it subtle in white

Stylish but practical: These fashionably-dressed women were prepared for the heat, arriving with mini fans due to the hot weather

Stylish but practical: These fashionably-dressed women were prepared for the heat, arriving with mini fans due to the hot weather 

Saying yes! A marriage proposal takes place at Royal Ascot, with the groom getting down on one knee to ask the question to his partner, who is dressed in an elegant green dress

Saying yes! A marriage proposal takes place at Royal Ascot, with the groom getting down on one knee to ask the question to his partner, who is dressed in an elegant green dress

Wow! One glamorous Royal Ascot racegoer made sure to command attention with a huge hat, featuring black roses

Wow! One glamorous Royal Ascot racegoer made sure to command attention with a huge hat, featuring black roses 

This racegoer drew attention in a stunning monochrome feather fascinator, which she paired with a bronze pleated dress

This racegoer also sported an enormous feather fascinator which she colour-matched exactly to her pink dress with a sweetheart neckline

Other attendees drew attention with enormous feather fascinators in both black and white and bursts of colour, ensuring no one could miss them

Model Rosie Tapner wore a short-sleeved white dress with a patterned bow which she paired with a bolero hat. As temperatures soared she wore her hair in a low bun

Model Rosie Tapner wore a short-sleeved white dress with a patterned bow which she paired with a bolero hat. As temperatures soared she wore her hair in a low bun

Famous faces: Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins stuns in a red and blue floral ensemble

That's one way to travel: Jenni Falconer shows off her yellow dress while journeying on the tube

Famous faces: Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins stuns in a red and blue floral ensemble, while Jenni Falconer shows off her yellow dress while journeying on the tube

Cream of the crop! The Prime Minister's wife Carrie Johnson (pictured right) turned heads when arriving at Royal Ascot in a white ensemble teamed with high heels

Cream of the crop! The Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson (pictured right) turned heads when arriving at Royal Ascot in a white ensemble teamed with high heels

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. 

Racegoers have long been accustomed to dressing to impress for Royal Ascot – but this year, the annual event appears to be encouraging guests to be more daring than ever with their outfit choices.

This year’s Royal Ascot Style Guide, which is the eleventh of its kind, is keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that British fashion houses can help those attending the Royal Meeting is about looking your best.

Meanwhile it also appears to encourage racegoers to embrace a more ‘casual’ look at the event, with female models posing in mini dresses and platform heels, while men are permitted to wear Cuban shirts and printed garments.

Hat's the spirit! The order of the day appeared to be glamorous, attention-stealing headgear - including one woman who wore a bright pink bow piece

All smiles: A woman beams as she poses for a photo

Hat’s the spirit! The order of the day appeared to be glamorous, attention-stealing headgear – including one woman who wore a bright pink bow piece

Girls day out! The Prime Minister's wife Carrie looked in great spirits as she made her way to the racecourse with a group of pals

Girls day out! The Prime Minister’s wife Carrie looked in great spirits as she made her way to the racecourse with a group of pals 

Red alert! A racing fan turned up the heet in a vibrant scarlet dress and wisely carried a fan to keep her cool on the hottest day of the year

Shining bright! A stylish racegoer was the star of the show in a blue and silver dress

Red alert! A racing fan turned up the heet in a vibrant scarlet dress and wisely carried a fan to keep her cool on the hottest day of the year (left). Shining bright! A stylish racegoer was the star of the show in a blue and silver dress (right)

Pretty in pink! Another racing fan donned a mini dress with statement sleeves

Feeling fruity! This playful look features a dress emblazoned with cherries, and a bullseye hat

Pretty in pink! Another racing fan donned a  mini dress with statement sleeves (left). Feeling fruity! This playful look features a dress emblazoned with cherries, and a bullseye hat (right)

Strike a pose: This beaming group of women sported the same white floral dress from The Pretty Dress Company with pink heels when arriving at the event - but teamed with various attention-grabbing head pieces

Strike a pose: This beaming group of women sported the same white floral dress from The Pretty Dress Company with pink heels when arriving at the event – but teamed with various attention-grabbing head pieces

Raising the fashion stakes! These women grabbed attention thanks to their elaborate headpieces...

... and eye-catching accessories

Raising the fashion stakes!  These women grabbed attention thanks to their elaborate headpieces and eye-catching accessories 

Travelling in style: Racegoers are seen arriving by horse-drawn carriage ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Travelling in style: Racegoers are seen arriving by horse-drawn carriage ahead of day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Double trouble! Two friends wear similar V-neck, cinched-waist midi dresses when arriving at the racecourse

Another duo opted to instead wear clashing colours

Double trouble! Two friends wear similar V-neck, cinched-waist midi dresses when arriving at the racecourse (pictured left), while another duo (pictured right) sport clashing colours

A racegoer has sun cream applied to her neck during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

A racegoer has sun cream applied to her neck during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire this morning

Matching mates! Friends co-ordinated for their day out in vibrant red outfits

Pretty in patterns! One woman was perfect in polka dots while her friend looked cheerful in statement pink leopard print, and an apt horse print bag

Matching mates! Friends co-ordinated for their day out in vibrant red outfits (left). Pretty in patterns! One woman was perfect in polka dots while her friend looked cheerful in statement pink leopard print, and an apt horse print bag (right)

Attendees in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear a ‘modest’ hemline, however elsewhere in the guide it appears sky-high mini skirts may be permitted in other enclosures. 

Meanwhile, the fourth day of the Berkshire races is set to be seriously hot, forcing event organisers to relax the strict dress code in a rare concession.

As well as male attendees being allowed to ditch their ties, spectators in all enclosures will also be given permission to bring in water and soft drinks to stay ‘safe and comfortable,’ The Telegraph reports.

Men at Royal Ascot are nearly always expected to wear full morning suits, complete with top hats, waistcoats and ties.

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. Pictured, a Union Jack reflected in a woman's sunglasses

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. Pictured, a Union Jack reflected in a woman’s sunglasses

Here come the girls! These friends sported matching green ensembles, while one also donned a navy outfit and another sported a floral frock

Here come the girls! These friends sported matching green ensembles, while one also donned a navy outfit and another sported a floral frock 

Charming trio: Racegoers dressed in all their finery are captured arriving ahead of day four of the event at Ascot Racecourse

Charming trio: Racegoers dressed in all their finery are captured arriving ahead of day four of the event at Ascot Racecourse

As temperatures are likely to be above the late twenties and early thirties, men may remove their ties and jackets as the day progresses but must still wear all other parts of the dress code.

A Royal Ascot spokesman said: ‘Race goers will be expected to arrive compliant but can remove jackets and ties as the day goes on due to the high temperatures.

‘There is precedent for dress code not being enforced for hot weather and one year, visitors were advised to wear boots if they were using the Royal Enclosure Gardens when they were waterlogged.

‘It’s rare to relax the dress code but common sense has to apply in extremes of temperature or weather conditions, for everyone’s safety and comfort.’

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.

 

 

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