Kate Middleton and Prince William attended Day 1 of Royal Ascot yesterday, June 20, and Kate, well, wore almost an identical outfit to last year’s Ascot showing.
This year’s line up for Day 1 included Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, and Lord Vestey in carriage 1. HM wore a lime green Stewart Parvin outfit with a matching lime green Rachel Trevor Morgan hat. She is wearing her gold and diamond Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch which she received as a gift in 2012.
The second carriage featured Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie. Camilla wore white with her giant Pink Topaz Choker. Beatrice wore a white, embellished dress from Claire Mischevani and a pink hat. Eugenie wore a black dress with a flower design.
William and Kate occupied the third carriage with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Sophie went with a new, bespoke green dress from Emilia Wickstead and a hat by Jane Taylor.
Last year, when Kate wore that white lace D&G dress, I said I didn’t dislike the idea of the look, I just disliked the execution. So I guess Kate wants a do-over because she again chose a white lace dress, white hat, and nude accessories.
This year, Kate chose a new, bespoke white lace dress from Alexander McQueen. The white lace dress Kate’s is based on sold for $3,685, but Kate had hers altered to be longer. I am mostly never a fan of Kate’s alterations, but I actually think Kate’s looks better than the original here. Kate wore a new, white floral hat, and a new nude clutch, Loeffler Randall‘s ‘Tab’ clutch ($275).
Kate’s shoes are her Gianvito Rossi Praline pumps, and she gave Queen Elizabeth’s Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings another outing.
Thoughts on this year’s execution? I think this year is much better than last year. I still dislike lace, high necklines, and nude accessories, but I think Kate looks nice here. Loads better than last year.
The fourth carriage hosted Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips with Lord and Lady Jane Fellowes. Autumn’s blue and white dress is the “Florence Embroidered Two-Tier Pleated Dress” (£249.00) from Rumour London.
Princess Anne, Zara Tindall (who kissed pretty much everyone) and Mike Tindall were also in attendance, but didn’t ride in carriages.
Carole Middleton also attended.
Other photos: Charles and Camilla presented the prize for the St James’s Palace Stakes.
And William and Kate presented the prize for the King’s Stand Stakes.
Kate put her hand on William’s back while at the prize presentation.
Here’s a full length look at the Queen’s and Sophie’s outfits.
Kate’s dress was a tad bit see-through and when the sun was behind her you could see the outline of her legs.
Also, this happened. Sophie almost fell on top of Kate when she was entering the carriage.
Whoops! Duchess of Cambridge catches Countess of Wessex as she falls over at #RoyalAscot2017 https://t.co/zEvgtqh9ln pic.twitter.com/h9b2wqg6iB
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 20, 2017
Here is a video of the carriage procession.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are present at #RoyalAscot for today's racing as Her Majesty The Queen leads the Royal Procession pic.twitter.com/3bDK8ovUND
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 20, 2017
Additionally, KP announced that Kate will visit the Victoria and Albert Museum on June 29 to open the new Exhibition Road Quarter.