Thursday, 22 June 2017

Royal Ascot 2017: day three

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot is all about fashion. Oh, and the Gold Cup. But a lot about fashion. There were plenty of royal appearances to enjoy on this highlight day of the regal calendar. Here's a look back at day three of Royal Ascot 2017.

The Queen arrived with her second son, the Duke of York, at her side and proving he is a truly devoted child, Andrew went all matchy matchy with his tie. The Queen was in bright pink (either fuchsia or deep raspberry depending on how dramatic you're feeling) and the sixth in line to the throne made sure he was in step with mama.

You know how when you have a sister and people always lump you in together and it really annoys you? Sorry, Beatrice and Eugenie, but you get a sisters together mention. The York princesses were in the carriage procession for the second time this year and as it was Ladies' Day they brought their A game to Ascot. Bea just edges this one with an edgy blue and black mix dress that's got plenty of the experimental about it to love. Eugenie went more traditional with a Fifties style bright red dress, the kind she loves and wears so well. They both had huge hats, as everyone should on Ladies' Day. If anyone else in their carriage saw anything during the procession, it will have been a miracle.

The Countess of Wessex scored a hat trick of winning looks at Ascot 2017 with today's appearance and cemented her place as undisputed style queen of this year's meeting. Her choice of cream dress with cowl neck and flared skirt was elegant and understated leaving the statement hat with its fabulous floral and feather trim to do all the talking. Sophie can't put a sartorial foot wrong at Ascot this year, or any other.

The Princess Royal took part in the carriage procession for the first time this year on Ladies' Day. We got a fabulous emerald green retro dress with perfectly matched perching hat and a royal staple we don't get enough of. Gloves. Yes, proper gloves. They were cream, they matched her shoes, they came nowhere near the ends of her sleeves. Marvellous.

Zara Tindall took a swerve on the bright colours she has favoured recently and went pale and interesting for Ladies' Day. She chose a very pretty cream dress with ruffled top and pleated skirt and added a pale pink fascinator style hat with just the right amount of flourish for the biggest style day of the Ascot calendar. It was all rather elegant and lovely and easily her best look of the week.  We turn for home tomorrow as the meeting enters its final half but this show ain't over til its over. There are plenty more hats to come.

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