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Why royal ladies including the Queen and Kate are always given the back seats in carriages?


When Queen Elizabeth and her family step out to attend Royal Ascot, one of the highlights of the event is the glorious carriage procession that kicks off proceedings.

At last year’s event, Her Majesty rode with the Duke of York and her guests of honour King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were present in the second carriage. In the third carriage was Princess Anne and Countess Sophie, with Prince Edward and the Lord de Mauley.

The fourth carriage was reserved for Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Queen’s private secretary, Edward Young.

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Royal fans may have observed that the royal ladies have forward-facing seats in their carriage, why? Well, there’s a very simple reason; the back seats have a better view of the crowds and the racecourse as they enter.

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They are also photographed more clearly. In the case of royals riding with non-royals, the Queen and her family would take precedence and would again be given the forward-facing seats.

The Countess of Wessex always dresses to impress and 2019’s event was no different. Countess Sophie was looking blooming lovely in a bespoke creation by one of her favourite designers, Emilia Wickstead. The pale pink dress was emblazoned with a burst of floral bouquets and the same print was used under the brim of her hat.

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Zara Tindall also went for a floral motif. She was wearing a dress by cult Australian designer Zimmermann. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie twinned in blue. The elder of the York sisters chose a stunning pastel blue lace dress by Maje. Newlywed Eugenie looked just as pretty in a blue sleeveless dress that featured a pleated skirt.