It was a Queen-less Royal Ascot this year for the first time in her reign, but members of the royal family were still on hand to enjoy the fun at the last two days of the races.
On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge led the royal party in the carriage procession. They were joined by a pair of friends, the Hon. Arthur Vestey and his wife, Martha. Arthur’s late father, the 3rd Baron Vestey, served as Master of the Horse to the Queen.
The Duke was elegant in his morning suit for the occasion, while the Duchess drew comparisons to her late mother-in-law by wearing a brown and cream polka dot dress with matching accessories.
William wore a tie pin with a royal monogram—one of the recent Georges, I think—topped by a crown and surrounded by the motto of the Order of the Garter. It looks to be the same one he wore recently for a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Kate’s Alessandra Rich dress wasn’t the only echo of Diana in her ensemble. She also wore a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings that come from her late mother-in-law’s collection.
The earrings, which have horseshoe and laurel motifs in their design, are a perfect choice for a racing event.
Peter Phillips, son of the Princess Royal, rode in the second carriage on Friday.
He was joined by his girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace, and the Duke and Duchess of Bedford.
Lindsay wore a lovely pair of diamond earrings with her pink dress and hat.
On Saturday, the final day of the meet, the Duke of Kent was the senior royal in the carriage procession.
The Mapelli Mozzis rode in the second carriage during the procession.
It was Princess Beatrice who got the polka dot memo on Saturday, wearing a black and white dress with bow embellishments.
Her only jewelry, as it has been on most occasions of late, was a tangle of bracelets and rings on both hands.
Edoardo was dapper in his suit as usual.
Peter Phillips and Lindsay Wallace also made an appearance at the races on Saturday.
Lindsay’s dress featured jeweled embellishments at the neckline and the cuffs, and she added even more sparkle with a pair of pavé-set diamond earrings.