Originally Posted by Iluvbertie
Presumably because the Queen didn't invite them.
She invites the people who will a) be in the carriages and b) be in the royal box.
It is also impolite to refuse such an invitation so the simple answer is that for whatever reason HM didn't invite William and Kate to Ascot this year.
What???? Why do you always come to these cynical conclusions?
In other threads (last year), you accused the BRF for corruption, and William and Harry for trying to destroy their father, and now this.
Some fact about the Queen and William's relationship:
1. William is known for being very close to the Queen.
2. He's is the one in the family who praises her the most, along with Sarah Ferguson.
3. He has thanked the Queen for being an ''amazing grandmother'' to him and said that they can ''talk about everything''.
If we take this facts into consideration, then we must assume that they have talked together, and that William himself chose to not attend.
And after everything I've read/heard about HM, I think we can safely say that if William had wanted to attend one or several days, then he would have done so. - And if the Queen had insisted on having him there (which is not her way of doing things BTW), then he would have been there.
Originally Posted by tommy100
I think the Queen most likely simply just asks who wants to attend then sends them invites if that makes sense.
Originally Posted by ladongas
I hope you guys also realize that the DM and other tabs always print the very worst pix they can find of Sarah. If there are 100 or more rapidly taken photos of any person, chances are several will be quite unattractive. Sarah has a warm and enthusiastic personality, and many/most people respond well to it. It’s a nice counterbalance to others in the family.
Well, the Queen is known for her kindness and warm personality both in private and public (although a bit more reserved these days do to her age, especially after she stopped with her walkabouts in 2012).
Charles, Camilla William, Kate, Harry, Meghan and Sophie are also known for their warmth.
But I agree with you, ''Sarah has a warm and enthusiastic personality,'' and I like the way she talks about HM. - But let's not forget that, unfortunately, she has some pretty ''not so good sides'' to her personality as well - and she didn't actually help to strengthen the monarchy during the 1990's, did she.
25 min video of the carriage procession: