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Royal Ascot: 16-20 June 2009

Royal Ascot 2009

June 16 - June 20


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Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and since that time, a further eleven monarchs have leant their patronage to the Royal race course.

The Royal Meeting, held annually in the third week in June, is steeped in tradition and pageantry and is interwoven into the very fabric of British culture.

The five-day meeting commences on a Tueday and each day begins with the Royal Procession - the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus, which parade along the track in front of the race- goers. The Royal Procession dates back to the 1820s and the reign of King George IV, at which time it was referred to as the Royal Parade or Royal Drive.

The Royal Enclosure is at the heart of Royal Ascot. Entry to the enclosure is by sponsorship from an existing member who has attended in four previous years. Within this area, gentlemen are required to wear morning dress with a top hat and ladies must wear formal day wear. The origin of this tradition can be traced back to around the time of the running of Ascot’s most famous race, The Gold Cup, which was inaugurated in 1807 and remains to this day the most important long distance horse race on the flat anywhere in the world. At that time, Beau Brummell, a close friend of the Prince Regent, decreed that men of elegance should wear 'waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons'.

The Queen takes a close personal interest in the running of Ascot and is kept informed of the order of running and the development of the racing programme at the Royal Meeting.

The Duke of Devonshire has held the formal role of 'Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot' since 1997 and is responsible for all aspects of the Royal Enclosure and the Royal Family's attendance at Ascot.
Ascot racecourse has been redeveloped twice during The Queen's reign; the first redevelopment was completed in 1964 and the second in 2006, when Her Majesty formally re-opened the new complex. During the second redevelopment, the 2005 Royal Meeting was staged at York Racecourse.

Royal Ascot 2009 will start on June 16th and end June 20th, 2009.

Previous threads of Royal Ascot can be found here Royal Ascot 1: all years to 2007 and
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...8-a-17346.html .

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Procession has just taken place
Queen wearing a yellow and white floral silk dress with yellow jacket by Stuart Parvin with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.
Duchess of Cornwall wearing a beige Viven Westwood outfit with a sild dress underneath and a Philip Treacy outfit.
Princess Beatrice wearing a black and white saucer hat by Treacy.
Sophie's dad was in the second carriage but not Sophie so i am sure she is about somehwere.
Princess Haya is in a white dress with matching hat.

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Thanks for the pictures The colour of the Queens dress is interesting and beautiful! Looks very elegant, Camillas Outfit is nice also. But I'm not sure about Beatrice and Anne always ruins her outfit with those ugly sunglasses
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Princess Beatrice and style just don't mix. She should try branching out a little in the hat department for a start. The more solid or bustier the woman, the 'larger' the hat or fascinator so as to achieve balance. Her choices are, imo, always ill conceived. They just don't work for her and with the assistance that could be provided, I see no reason to consistently present the way that she does. She dresses not according to what suits her, but what she wishes (and I'm guessing thinks) she would look good wearing. I'm not being harsh, just honest as is my opinion.

The Duchess of Cornwall dressed very smartly and the hat is wonderful for her. She looks best in white's, creams and pastels.
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Her Majesty's ensemble is just adequate because I am not fond of the yellow colour. I liked her pearl necklace and classical bag.
Duchess of Cornwall's hat is perfectly-chosen, whereas her outfit by Vivienne Westwood does not flatter her much. Overwhelming shoulder pads in the striped coat and a dress with a flowery pattern and daring neckline look cheap to me.
Burnt orange colour does nothing for Princess Anne. Sunglasses aggravated the whole look.
Princess Haya's ensemble seemed to be well-fitted. I am not sure about the hat though.
Princess Michael looked great. A pale pink colour nicely matched a pale blue one. I wonder about stones her necklace is made of. Hopefully we shall see Lady Gabriella attending the Ascot race this year.
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Princess Beatrice and style just don't mix. She should try branching out a little in the hat department for a start. The more solid or bustier the woman, the 'larger' the hat or fascinator so as to achieve balance. Her choices are, imo, always ill conceived. They just don't work for her and with the assistance that could be provided, I see no reason to consistently present the way that she does. She dresses not according to what suits her, but what she wishes (and I'm guessing thinks) she would look good wearing. I'm not being harsh, just honest as is my opinion.
You are so right in everything! I don't want to be harsh also, she seems to be a nice Lady, but her dresses IMO are always to short. Don't know, if it is because she's tall, but it absolutely don't suits her... No, she has no luck with styling...
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I have no idea of this turn out of the Countess, that's why she did not stay in the carriage procession probably
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Getty Images - Unsupported browser detected i really like the Queens hat - Rachel Trevor Morgan is the best milliner around far better that Philip Treacy in my opinion
But i dont like the dress very much i prefer the Queen in long coats rather than those short jackets


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He looks perfect IMO, very George V. And the princess has as always great outfit, though its several pieces from older outfits from her, which she mixed nevertheless good... And THAT are sunglasses
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The Queen looked lovely, easily the best-dressed Royal of the day (not that she had any competition).

Camilla's hat was perfect for the occasion. However both the dress and the coat looked rather plain and uninteresting, she could have done so much better. I hope Camilla's fascination with Vivienne Westwood will end soon.

I'm glad Princess Anne chose bright colours but that's about the only positive thing about her look; the different shades or orange of her hat and suit just didn't work for her and the entire ensemble seemed ill-fitted.

Beatrice's hat is just too terrible for words. It looked like someone had accidentally sat on a wedding cake and then on a plate; for some reason Beatrice seemed to like the resulting horror. The hat also accentuated the roundness of her face.

I thought Beatrice's hat would be the hand-down winner of the worst hat at Ascot, but that was until I saw Sophie's hat. I am not sure what it was or why would anyone want to wear it in public. Her black and white outfit was terrible as well.

Princess Michael looked wonderful; her hat, suit and accessories were all perfect for the occasion. Great match of the ever-classic combination of pale blue and pale pink. Not even those sunglasses could spoil the general effect.

I thought Princess Haya looked rather plain. The outfit was fine, however the hat was ugly.
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I don't know...I really like Sophie's outfit and hat....very chic. Not a usual, summer choice, but elegant to me nonetheless..
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I think Sophie looks amazing I love the whole outfit.
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Interesting first day.
Adore Camilla, she looks incredible.
Her Majesty, I love the fact that she went for a new colour but not this one.
Princess Anne looks incredible, shocking actually, never thought i would see her in something like that.
Beatrice, I have a feeling she's worn the dress and jacket before but the fascinator is nice.
Sophie looks beautiful, love the fascinator and the balck and white ensemble.

All around good day.
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Getty Images - Unsupported browser detected Sophie - i have seen her in worst hats but this is still not a good one
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Countess of Wessex's ensemble is average. The hat and striped short jacket look awkward to my taste.

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http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9611/941020y.jpg typically awful outfit from Anne

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/1314/941020av.jpg Sophie - what i thought was all part of the dress now appears to be a very short neat fit black and white jacket over the dress and i have changed my mind it does actually work i like it well apart form the hat

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9153/941020be.jpg the silk dress is so unflattering on the Duchess and the coat was not much better. the colour or lack of it in this case made it a bad day for Camilla

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/130/newspix1800937.jpg a classic Princess Michael outfit and one that has been around for years but yet she looks good

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/3237/gas2087041005.jpg the white dress is nice on Haya but i am not sure about the way the hat hugs the back of her neck
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