22 June 2018

Royal Ascot Jewels 2018 (Day 4)

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The races at Royal Ascot are nearing their end for the year, and that typically means that royal attendance also declines. That's certainly the case today -- but we did get our annual appearance from a rather interesting former member of the family!




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The Queen, as usual, was indeed on hand for the fourth day of the races, wearing a vibrant green outfit with touches of pink.


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She accessorized with another brooch from the Queen Mother's collection: the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch. The brooch, which was made in 1919, was bequeathed to the Queen Mum in 1944 by Winifred Hope Thomson, a writer and artist. The diamond and pearl brooch has become one of the most-worn pieces out of the large cache that the Queen inherited from her mother in 2002.


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The Queen's granddaughter, Princess Beatrice of York, accompanied her father, the Duke of York, to the races -- but sadly, as per usual, left her jewelry at home.


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But she did bring someone else along with her: Fergie! Sarah, Duchess of York usually attends one day each year at Ascot. Today she accessorized her navy blue outfit with diamond and pearl drop earrings and numerous bracelets, including one featuring her daughters' names.


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We also had a sighting of another princess: Princess Haya of Jordan, wife of the Sheikh of Dubai. We caught a glimpse of her drop earrings as she and her daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila, accepted the trophy after their horse won the King Edward VII Stakes.


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Haya has also attended other days of this year's Royal Ascot meet. I particularly enjoyed the classic jewels she wore on Tuesday's first day of the races.