This is turning into a few months of firsts for Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was their first time attending the Royal Windsor Horse Show, it was their first time attending the Chelsea Flower Show, it was William’s first time attending a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and it was their first time attending the Hillsborough Castle Garden Party in Northern Ireland. Now they’ve added yet another first for them: they attended Royal Ascot for the first time yesterday, June 15.
William and Kate attended Ascot and rode in the royal carriage procession in carriage four. It took naming a race after William to get them there. William and Kate were on hand to present the trophies for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes to the winning owner (Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum), breeder (Andre Fabre), and jockey (Mickael Barzalona).
Kate went nude with her accessories because of course. LK Bennett Natalie clutch, Gianvito Rossi nude suede pumps in “Praline” ($675), and new Jane Taylor “Una” hat (£1,050).
And what does Kate need when debuting at Ascot? Another new pair of Kikis!! These are the Kiki McDonough Kiki Classic Pearl and Blue Topaz Drop Earrings (which retailed for £3800 but are no longer available).
Kate’s seem to be bespoke as the stone is not blue in hers. Kate’s are also in white gold or silver and not yellow gold as in the stock photo.
I don’t hate the idea of this look – it’s got kind of a Winnie Foster in Tuck Everlasting or Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady vibe to it, which I think could work for something like a day at the races with the Queen – but I dislike the dress chosen and the way it was styled. This dress is too long, and that ruffle at the bottom looks bad – the skirt of the dress looks unfinished like it’s the crinoline missing the top skirt. I am loving Kate’s commitment to updos these last several days, though.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary joined in on the Ascot festivities, arriving in a carriage with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. I love that Mary and Frederik came with Sophie and Edward – they’ve met on so many occasions that I’m sure they’re very friendly at this point.
Mary repeated an orange Marc Jacobs dress and a beige Jane Taylor hat. This is my favorite dress from the day.
Sophie wore a bespoke blue Emilia Wickstead dress, a Jane Taylor hat, and an aquamarine brooch.
Other royals at Ascot Day 2 include:
Queen Elizabeth in a pink Stewart Parvin outfit with matching Angela Kelly hat and a new Cartier diamond flower clip. Prince Philip was also there.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Princess Anne in a purple and green repeat.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates), winner of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, and wife Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (of Jordan) also attended.
Here are some photos of Kate interacting with other royals.
Kate gave Anne a kiss on the cheek on arrival, and later Anne showed Kate something in the racing guide.
Kate had a laugh with Camilla.
Kate spoke to Mary on arrival, then sat next to her in the stands where they chatted. I have not seen a photo of Kate curtsying and have not seen a video of this interaction, but I would love to know if Kate curtsied to Mary. This is not the first time Kate and Mary have met – they met in 2011 when they did a joint appearance at a UNICEF boxing.