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.
You must have observed the Queen and other royal ladies in the back seat in carriages. But why?
Last year, 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 were 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 this year’s event was no different. Countess Sophie was looking blooming lovely in a bespoke creation by one of her favourite designers, Emilia Wickstead. The 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 and donned the same colour. The elder of the York sisters chose a stunning pastel lace dress by Maje. Eugenie looked just as pretty in a dress that featured a pleated skirt.
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