Queen Elizabeth II took horse racing very seriously. Throughout her life, she owned several racehorses that participated in Royal Ascot events. In fact, the Queen owned a whopping 22 horses who won Royal Ascot races throughout the years. Her horse, Estimate, won the Gold Cup in 2013.
That win made Queen Elizabeth the first reigning monarch to own a horse who won that title. With all that said, Queen Elizabeth obviously had a passion for the sport. This photo caught the Queen during an introspective moment before the races. She wore a black-and-blue plaid coat with leather riding boots and a blue hat. The whole outfit was perfectly coordinated, as it always was whenever the Queen made a public appearance. All in all, we’d call this a winning Ascot look.
Poof, There It Is
This Royal Ascot hat is whimsical and high fashion, all at the same time. Someone sported this tall poofy look to the opening day event in 2001. The hat itself seems pretty standard. It’s a tall, circular black hat that matches the woman's black dress. But, of course, there’s a special twist on the top.
The hat designer added a wild, luxurious pom pom on top. Since Royal Ascot is such a fancy event, we’re assuming there is real fur or something up there. Even though this lady looks classy, we can’t help but think that this hat looks straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. If you look closely, you can see that there are neon green highlights on the tips of some of the black hairs. It’s like her hat got its own highlights.
Trinny Woodall Wows
Most people focus on the hat when it comes to building their Royal Ascot outfit. TV presenter and businesswoman Trinny Woodall went a different route with this look. Her 2001 “Ladies Day” outfit focused on making her necklace the center of attention instead of her hat. Her whole outfit is pretty standard fare as far as Ascot looks go. Until you check out her choker.
We love how the hard metal of Trinny’s elaborate choker clashes with the softness of her outfit. Her hat and dress are made with white chiffon and other sheer fabrics. The huge chain necklace looks out of place, but it somehow works. That statement necklace is undoubtedly the star of the show.
Our Heads Are Spinning
This woman wanted to make a unique statement with her Ascot look, so she chose this adventurous and lively hat to accompany her classic white brocade dress. Her hat has a small base, and from there, a bunch of swirls spins around her head like a piece of living art caught in motion. While the look is pretty modern and risky by Royal Ascot standards, there’s no denying it’s unique.
We’ve never seen a hat with so many swirls and ribbons frozen in midair. We can’t help but wonder what this hat is made of. Is it just a bunch of starched ribbons or some secret hat-making sorcery that only highly-trained milliners know about? The mystery of how it’s constructed is what makes this hat so intriguing.
A Classic Garden Party Look
This cheerful summer outfit is a perfect look that fits right in at Royal Ascot, no matter the year. Actress Amanda Holden wore this cute and simple outfit to the opening day of Ascot in 2012. It’s a knee-length cocktail dress with a giant bow at the waistline and a bright floral print along the skirt.
The dress itself is perfect for summer because it’s full of color, life, and light colors to beat the heat. This look was even more perfect for Royal Ascot with that unique hat and matching beige accessories. From her handbag to her patent pumps, everything matches amazingly well. Plus, we love her bold pink manicure because it is the exact same color as the flowers in her hat. Genius.