Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, the annual Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, England, is one of the most prestigious and stylish events on the British social calendar.
Held every June, the five-day festival is always attended by a crowd of high-profile royals (after all, the king or queen has to be in attendance each day to officially open the event) and society types. Before her death on September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed several races during her 70 years on the throne. (Her Majesty died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96.)
With one of the strictest (but chicest!) dress codes ever, Royal Ascot at the Kentucky Derby can only be described on steroids. Men must wear a morning suit and waistcoat with a black or gray hat. Oh, and socks and black shoes are a must. Ladies, on the other hand, are asked to wear modest dresses and toppers with a minimum four-inch base, meaning fascinators are not permitted.
While Megan Markle All the attention for her Royal Ascot debut in 2018 in a lace-embellished Givenchy midi dress with a handkerchief hem and Philip Treacy hat got Her Majesty the event’s tried-and-true style star for years – thanks to her tailored coats, colorful beanies and practical pumps.
One of her standout looks came in 2017 when she looked yellow like a ray of sunshine from head to toe. The late monarch wore a bright tailcoat paired with a matching hat and black satchel.
Keep scrolling to look back at Her Majesty’s best fashion moments at Royal Ascot:
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