|The Crowds at Royal Ascot|
|The Queen's viewing area- filled with her personal artwork and furniture. She even brings her own caterers!|
We applied for tickets to the Royal Enclosure through the US Embassy. This is basically a VIP section with a variety of restaurants, bars, seating and viewing areas. It also has the most formal dress code.
So that meant morning suits and top hats for the gentlemen, and formal dresses with hats for the ladies.
I'd heard all about the "hat lady", Margaret Partington, who has been hiring hats for over 25 years. She has over 2500 different hats in her little shop which is housed in a charming tudor building that used to be a butcher shop in the 16th century. She chose the most beautiful hats for my sister and me!
When the big day finally arrived, the weather was typically English. Which is to say, cold, scattered showers and extremely windy!
Oh the poor ladies caught trying to hold onto their hats while their skirts blew around (think Marilyn Monroe) darting inside to avoid the sudden rain. Sure made me glad I wasn't wearing a full skirt!
Each day, the Queen and Prince Phillip arrive at Royal Ascot in a horse drawn Landau carriage. What fun to see them arrive while the band played "God Save The Queen."
Because of the chilly weather, I spent most of the day inside, sipping champagne and people watching with my sister. But I did brave the cold to watch Aussie favourite Black Caviar extend her winning streak in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. It was such an exciting race! And the Queen just beamed as she presented the cup to the winning trainer.
My view of Black Caviar crossing the finish line. (above)
The Queen in the Parade Ring to present the Jubilee Stakes Cup. (below)
|I just love the way she stands out in the crowd!|
It was a fantastic day! As we walked back to the car with sore feet (on the ladies) and sore heads (on the men-those top hats are uncomfortable!), we all felt as though we had experienced something so uniquely English. And I loved everything about it.