It turned out that the rain that started the day of The Patron’s Lunch was the start of one of the wettest weeks we’ve had here in London recently.
So, when we headed to Royal Ascot two days later, I can’t say I was surprised to see the forecast was for clouds, rain and cold. Nevertheless I was determined to enjoy the day and, very importantly, get the opportunity to wear my Ascot hat and dress!
Though the crowds were a little sparser than usual the fashion and millinery was just as fabulous as always.
We had planned to grab our spots in the parade ring nice and early to ensure we could get a great view of the Queen but when the heavens opened up we had to run for cover.
When the rain settled down into a faint drizzle we ventured back out, bundled in our coats against the chill.
Thankfully, as the clock struck 2pm (the official start time of the royal carriage procession) the rain ceased completely and the Queen brought the sunshine in a gorgeous yellow coat and hat.
We also saw the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice (who gave us a little wave just like her father, the Duke of York, did above) and the Princess Royal.
^I’m very curious as to what was amusing Prince Charles here.
The royals disembarked and were joined by Zara and Mike Tindall but there wasn’t nearly as much mingling and chatting as usual in the parade ring as the rain clouds were once again hovering.
Spot the Queen!^
As the first race approached we headed inside to cross through the grandstand to the race track…rubbing elbows with the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley on the way.
Liz Hurley presented the first trophy and Princess Anne chatted to the owners and trainers of the top four finishers.
Though clouds hovered all day the atmosphere was enthusiastic and upbeat and it was amazing to see the horses’s power and strength on the track. G managed to win more than £20 and proved himself adept at picking winners whereas I…didn’t have the same expert eye. Ah, well, I enjoyed it anyways!
As I said in my previous post Royal Ascot is definitely a not-to-be-missed experience! Visit the website and sign up to be notified of when tickets for the 2017 meet go on sale and you can save up to 20% on the ticket cost.
Here’s hoping next year is a bit sunnier!