The Epsom Derby’s Royal Fashion for 2011

  June 11, 2011 at 8:50 am by

June 4th was the day for the Queen’s annual visit at Epsom Derby. Surprisingly it turned out to be the biggest public family gathering since the wedding of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton in April. One of the nicest surprises perhaps might have been that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in fact joined the Queen and family at the Epson Derby festival this year.

All eyes were on the newly-wed Duchess of Cambridge when she appeared, accompanied by her elegantly dressed brother in law Prince Harry and her also dashing looking husband Prince William. For this occasion, the Duchess had chosen the soft white Peacock dress by Reiss and added a collarless ivory tweet jacket by Joseph. Her elegant coffee-brown hat (rumoured to be either by Philip Treacy or Stephen Jones) came to shine through a sophisticated 40’s-style-updo and matched well with the cream colored outfit that was finished by a golden clutch and nude platform heels – both by L. K. Bennett.

Collage thanks to Her_Majesty

Her Majesty entered the race course in a smashing pink outfit which had made its debut at Royal Ascot in 2009. Prince Harry, dapper in suit and top hat, added a soft pink flower to the lapel of his gentleman outfit during the race – just as if he wanted to match it with his grandmother’s bright look.

Also sighted were Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York. Beatrice wore a lovely summery outfit – she had chosen a grey dress with yellow and blue roses pattern and a white fascinator with large flowers. Princess Eugenie wore a white dress with black polka dots and belt, as well as a wide-brimmed white hat with a black rim. This almost-conservatively classic style she highlighted with eye-catching black peep-toe heels.

The Countess of Wessex made her entry in a champagne outfit – a silk skirt suit with a lovely clutch and a large-brimmed feathered hat. Her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, lightened up his classy appearance with an original tie that had – yes! – horses on it.

The Epson Derby might not have been the most successful day for the Queen’s horse (which didn’t win), but most definitely it was a lucky day for royal watchers and the fashion watchers in particular. A nice appetizer for the coming outfits of the British Royals at Trooping The Colour and of course Royal Ascot 2011 either way!

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5 Responses to The Epsom Derby’s Royal Fashion for 2011

  1. Patrick says:

    Nice report. FYI it’s actually called Epsom, with an M. Not Epson, which is a brand of printers!

  2. JessRulz says:

    @ Patrick:

    Thanks for that – I’ve fixed the typo.
    JessRulz, TRF Blog Editor

  3. Cherie says:

    It is marvelous that the Queen wears those gorgeous colours of Pinks and Roses they look delightful on her.

  4. Diana Lucia Zotescu says:

    Whenever I see (or just hear about) such events attended by the members of the British Royal Family, I proudly remember that one of my great-great-grandmothers was English. I am very happy that our family preserved so many English “ways” that have transcended the four generations that followed (I represent the 4th one), and that I am passing on to my son.
    I simply love to see all these members of the Royal Family who keep such high standards of public behaviour and set the tone in what to wear when.
    Diana Lucia Zotescu

  5. Elle says:

    Oh, the new Duke and Duchess look so beautiful! I love his top hat and her entire ensemble; so elegant. While I look forward to the charity work they’ll do together, a summery horse race is always a delight! 🙂 I love watching this couple, and to see a princess/duchess truly embracing her role both as a figurehead and a real woman is refreshing indeed.

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