A Day At The Races

June 16, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Today in England is the first day of racing at Ascot, Great Britain’s most valuable horse race meeting that happens right outside the Queen’s own back door. Royal Ascot is where the worlds of horse racing, society and high fashion collide, almost as much attention is paid to the hats and dresses worn by the ladies as is to the horses themselves. I thought we would take a look at the history of Ascot in photos and some of the beautiful design aspects of it. Check back the next couple of days as we have a fun look at Ascot through the movie lens and at the millinery creations worn by the ladies of Ascot. Enjoy!!!

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Ladies of the day attending Royal Ascot in 1928. 

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Royal Ascot attire in the mid to  late 1930’s.

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Ascot of the 1950’s.

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Ascot above and below in the swinging 1960’s and 70’s. Some of the hats are getting smaller and the skirts are getting shorter. 

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Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco arriving for Royal Ascot. 

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Sophia Loren at Royal Ascot, 1966. 

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Every year a guide is put out on how to dress appropriately for Royal Ascot. This is a page illustrating how the gentlemen should look in their official morning dress. 

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One of the highlights every day of Ascot is the arrival of the Royal Family by carriage. Windsor Castle is very near Ascot, the royals and their guests arrive in a procession of carriages from the castle. This is Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving in 1976. 

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A couple of photos showing Diana, Princess of Wales arriving at Royal Ascot.

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The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex in the Royal Box at Ascot. 

Ascot - 18.06.13 Princess Eugenie & Queen Elizabeth II attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Pic: © Max Mumby Max Mumby -  +44 (0) 7970 799 043 mumby@mac.com

I’m not sure who’s photo bombing who in this photo of Queen Elizabeth and her granddaughter Princess Eugenie from 2013, but it’s very cute. 

All images are courtesy of Tumblr.

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