For the latest installation in our royal fashion series, our fashion editors revisit their favourite outfits ever worn by members of the British Royal family to Royal Ascot. Other features in the series review the choices made by the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana and Meghan Markle, charting just some of the outfits that have seen them become national, and international, icons.
Princess Margaret's daisy hat, 1969
As chosen by Emily Cronin
Princess Margaret knew her way around a bold hat. She never steered clear of drama, in her style or her dinner conversation, and her Royal Ascot headwear still looks irrepressible, even 50 years later. You could form a rainbow out of her feathered hats from Royal Ascot in the 1970s and '80s alone. But my favourite of the bunch is her sweet, halo-like, daisy-covered topper from 1969. Just because she wasn't dancing at Woodstock in a flower crown didn't mean Margaret had to miss out on a bit of floral headwear - worn her way, of course.
A bright day out, 1970
As chosen by Bethan Holt
Royal Ascot is always fabulous, but I have a particular soft spot for the 1960s and '70s when the silhouettes were sleek and the colours verging on garish. Take this shot of The Queen, Princess Anne三级成人视频 and the Queen Mother at the racecourse in 1970, in a symphony of striking summer shades.
三级成人视频You can see where Her Majesty gets her penchant for head-to-toe colour from with the Queen' Mother's fuchsia ensemble. Few people can carry off buttercup yellow but Anne manages it elegantly, while The Queen is chic in mint green with a hint of graphic print, a bold departure from her usual florals. Their chic pillbox hats are the cherry on the cake.
The Queen in green, 1973
As chosen by Tona Stell
三级成人视频The Queen is always the best-dressed royal, in my opinion, and this outfit from 1973 has got to be one of her best looks. A lime-green coat with bright white accessories and a fabulous green head scarf with embroidered flowers is a bold choice even for the Queen, but somehow she still manages to look effortless.
...and Princess Anne in green, 1978
As chosen by Lisa Armstrong
Look back at '80s Royal Ascot and it all looks clownish and badly proportioned. But this is the tail end of the '70s, when fashion was still being kind. That green might be a bit harsh, but against the turf, it looks relatively gentle. The slightly stiff cut , simple silhouette and plain colour, enlivened with that fresh white rik-rak trim, are peak Princess Anne, before she gave into the fussy prints and clunky shoulder lines in those soft, fluid '80s dresses (urgh). With a different, smaller brimmed hat, the Princess Royal could probably wheel this out next year and with her talent for recycling, she might.
Fergie in allover yellow, 1987
As chosen by Hikmat Mohammed
If Alexis Carrington from Dynasty were to attend the Royal Ascot, there’s no doubt she would look to Sarah, Duchess of York for inspiration. They’re both Sloane Rangers at heart: big hats, big shoulder pads and big colours, too.
三级成人视频Sarah’s most memorable Ascot look (and there are many) is her canary-yellow polka-dot skirt suit with matching wide-brim straw hat, white gloves and shoes. It’s not your typical Eliza Doolittle lace number for the races, but rather a fun and camp choice. She repurposed the suit again in 1987 when she visited Canada, minus the hat, but with the same pizzazz it had the first time round.
Diana in dots, 1988
As chosen by Sophie Tobin
Black and white for Ascot is reminiscent of My Fair Lady, and Diana gave Eliza’s monochrome an update in a polka dot dress and matching hat. The dress is non-fussy horse-race dressing at its best, and whilst the style is simple, Di’s spots make the statement, topped off with coordinating shoes and classic pearls.
Many '80s trends are best forgotten, but Diana’s shoulder pads really pull this look together. Her Ascot style throughout the years is so varied - from striped bows and ruffles to double breasted skirt suits - but it’s this one, with it’s ease and sophistication, that stands out for me.
Minimal Meghan, 2018
As chosen by Krissy Turner
While pushing yourself out of your fashion comfort zone is brilliant in theory, opting to do that for an event as major as Royal Ascot (and your first time attending as a royal, no less) isn't the best idea, so I applaud Meghan for sticking to her fashion guns. Her typical style is tailored, minimal and sharp, so the belted ivory shirt dress she opted for didn't appear outre or out of her sync with her usual looks. For those, like me, who aren't keen on ruffles, frills and statement prints, and instead like to cut a classic figure, it offered excellent event dressing inspiration.
A designer Duchess of Cambridge, 2019
As chosen by Caroline Leaper
This matching blouse and skirt combination by Elie Saab was a beautiful choice from the Duchess of Cambridge in 2019 and represented a real sharpening up of Kate’s occasionwear wardrobe. Choosing coordinating pieces, and tucking in the blouse, made for a fresh silhouette - not to mention the fact that Kate had finally traded in her favourite beige court shoes for some graphic-looking, metallic silver heels.
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