The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Attend Royal Ascot
The Duchess of Sussex wore Givenchy and Philip Treacy for her first day at Royal Ascot.
In this video you see Meghan, Harry, Sophie and Edward arriving by carriage.
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 19, 2018
One month ago today the Duke and Duchess were riding in one of these Landau carriages.
Today they were in the third carriage at Ascot.
Princess Anne accompanied HM, along with Prince Andrew and Lord Vestey, who holds the honorary title, “Master of the Horse.” The Queen’s ensemble by Angela Kelly was described by the Palace as “citrus yellow.”
This video from Simon Perry offers a wider view of the carriages.
Meghan and Harry arriving into the parade ring at Royal Ascot, in a carriage preceded by Prince Charles and Camilla and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie @people #RoyalAscot2018 pic.twitter.com/p3ETaWOnH3
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) June 19, 2018
More about the event from the Windsor government page:
Royal Ascot is a highlight of the summer social season and is certainly a must-attend event of the year and a quintessentially British day out.
Every day of the Royal Ascot meeting – from Tuesday to Saturday – is attended by The Queen and members of the royal family. The Queen is a dedicated racehorse owner and has attended every Royal Ascot during her reign.
The Queen and the royal party depart Windsor Castle in a fleet of cars and travel along the Long Walk into Windsor Great Park. They change from cars to horse-drawn Ascot Landaus then the royal procession makes its way down the Straight Mile of Ascot Racecourse. The royal procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every raceday and it has taken place every year since 1825.
Prince Charles enjoying a laugh with Meghan, Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Meghan and Harry awarded the trophy for the winner of the St. James’ Palace Stakes to jockey Frankie Dettori.
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) June 19, 2018
In this video you can see how the dress moves.
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Now for what the Duchess wore, starting with her shirtdress-style frock by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
It buttons up the front, buttons at the cuff, a handkerchief hem and back yoke. It also showcased what looks like applied lace at the waist.
Here you can better see that detailing.
A closer look at the Philip Treacy hat the Duchess wore today, the ‘Wave’ two-tone straw hat with feather and leather knot —
The piece is from the milliner’s spring/summer 2018 collection. The derby hat is described as a natural straw with a contrast overlay. It has a turkey feather and patent leather knot detail. It is secured to the head using an elastic band and wire ribbing.
More about the look from The Telegraph’s coverage:
Fitting in with the strict dress code of the Royal Enclosure, the Duchess’ colour scheme was reminiscent of the 1964 My Fair Lady film, in which a beautiful cockney flower seller mingles with high society at Ascot before being unmasked by her coarse shouts of encouragement at the horses.
Meghan was in a pair of black heels that very much look like the Givenchy Infinity Pump.
Our thanks to Michelle of Perth’s Fashion for identifying the shoe in the Infinity 100 style and Laura Of Solid Moonlight for suggesting the lower heel style. It was the lower heel with the lighter soles, particularly the inner portion of the heel, that was the key clue in identifying the correct style. You can just see the bottom of the shoe and heel in this photo of the Duchess.
She carried a Givenchy black satin minaudière.
The hard-sided bag has an ornate clasp and a shoulder chain that is retractable.
Her belt is also Givenchy, although we have yet to find the exact piece. It features the brand’s Double G buckle in what appears to be brass/gold.
Meghan wore the earrings we believe she also wore to the McCorquodale wedding on Saturday, the Birks Pétale Gold & Diamond Stud style ($1495 CAD, roughly $1125 USD at today’s exchange rates).
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is embracing her life as a royal with grace and style.
Today’s ensemble featured a delicate floral motif and was cinched at the waist with a thin belt. A tonally coordinated box clutch and sensible heels were a nice complement to the crowning accessory: a Philip Treacy hat. After all, dressing for the races starts from the top down.
The Duchess’s hair was styled in an updo.
A series of images showing Meghan today via World Horse Racing.
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) June 19, 2018
One more view of Meghan today.
Also today, some quick calendar notes from our Meg Events page.
- Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess’s visit to Dublin, Ireland. They will be there Tuesday & Wednesday, July 10 and 11. The visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.
- There are also reports the couple will be in Amiens, France on August 11 for events recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens. Our thanks to Charlotte of Mad About Meghan for the tip on this news.
We leave you with a piece of very happy news: Zara and Mike Tindall have a new baby girl! The baby was born yesterday, weighing in at 9 lbs., 3 ozs.
No name has been announced yet, we will let you know when there is more information.
- The Ascot Racecourse website is here; its Facebook page is here; an online Ascot shop is here; the official Style Guide is here
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Mirror’s piece is here; The Sun’s photo-intense coverage is here
- The Telegraph’s fashion story is here; a Harper’s Bazaar piece may be seen here; Vogue‘s full story is here; People‘s photo gallery is here; one of PopSugar’s galleries is here; The Telegraph’s gallery is here