Skip to comments.Recession hits Royal Ascot
Posted on 06/17/2009 4:55:00 PM PDT by Cincinna
Recession hit the races at Royal Ascot yesterday with even royalty getting their outfits off the peg.
Frugal Princess Beatrice led the way in a Kate Moss for Topshop jacket, priced at a modest £90, with a pair of £65 two-tone shoes from Office.
Unfortunately, when you reduce yourself to the level of mere mortals, embarrassments can occur - and another racegoer was seen wearing an identical Philip Treacy hat.
Colour was most definitely the order of the day - led by the Queen who sported a bright yellow hat.
Also in the royal party, who arrived according to tradition in a fleet of landaus, were the Duchess of Cornwall, looking particularly chic in a bespoke Vivienne Westwood dress and coat, and Princess Anne who brightened things up in a tangerine-coloured jacket and hat with a startling pair of ski-type sunglasses.
Intriguingly, Camilla and Anne appeared to get on like a house on fire. While the rest of their party took their seats in the royal box for the first race, the two women stayed in the parade ring, gossiping about odds as they shared a form guide.
The traditional royal race meet appeared to have been hit by the current economic crisis in other ways. Although figures have yet to be confirmed, attendance was definitely down and staff at the numerous champagne bars stood around twiddling their thumbs.
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'Off the peg? We are not amused.'
Queen Elizabeth’s skin is younger and smoother than the Rottweiler’s.
Cause the politicians cannot expense it any longer.
Camilla IS definitely ‘off the peg.’
I think Camilla looks lovely.
It is Beatrice, Fergie and Andrew’s daughter that wore the cheap stuff.
Surprised how lovely Princess Anne looks.
The Queen does have that magnificent Englisg complexion.
She is a very beautiful, dignified, and majestic 83 years old.
I think Camilla looks very lovely, too.
“Surprised how lovely Princess Anne looks.”
Loved the orange.
But I have no love for Camilla, and even LESS for UpChuck. ;)
Queen Liz got it exactly right.
Camilla got it all wrong.
ANne is a bit looney but I liked the hat.
Love Anne’s hat!
I wouldn’t wear it or any hat, but I love it.
The Queen has lovely skin. Camilla, not so much.
Prince Charles looks silly as ever.
And I absolutely adore Princess Anne's hat. It's a good color for her, too. Not everybody can wear orange.
They all look lovely.
I had lunch in that area a couple of years ago. We ate at the Thatched Tavern, which was built in the late 17th century, on our way to Windsor Castle.
That entire area is beautiful, and Prince Philip’s cows are splendid. ;o)
[Prince Philips cows are splendid. ;o)]
Does this poor girl need the Fashion Police or an exterminator?
The Queen looked bright as a spring jonquil. Prince Philip picks up the Queen's color with the yellow flower in the lapel of his well-tailored suit. A striking couple considering their ages.
Prince Charles and Camilla's outfits harmonized beautifully. Very serene colors of muted gray and off-white. Her hat may look better "in person" than it does on the closeup, but the effect is very gauzy with the color going very well with her hair and skin tones. Charles' touches of violet and lavender on his gray suit broke up the light colors and lent a bit of perkiness to the couple's costumes.......and were apropos for this spring event in the sceptr'd isle.
Although caught by the camera in a Nancy Pelosi moment, Princess Anne carried off a color that could be considered garish if not accoutered perfectly. The hat works because it's proportioned smaller and more tailored than most Ascot hats. The higher-in-the-back collar on the suit provides a nice flow from hat to shoulders. The ensemble is quite striking on the Princess. The discreet pearls on hat, ears and neck toned things down a bit making the colorful outfit easy on the eyes.
All in all, the royal retinue looked wonderful and I'm sure their subjects in the stands had lots of fun and pride enjoying and dissecting what their First Family was wearing.
They actually make those silly hats look good. I notice they didn’t show what Camilla (the Mobama of the Royal Family) was wearing.
Oh, I take that back. I didn’t even see her. I thought that hat was a barrier of some kind.
Elizabeth is still so beautiful! With all her faults, she has been a rock in so many ways for the traditional duties. Camilla makes me skeeve....oh, puleeeeeeease.
That one cracked me up. She's going to need some chiropractic care after wearing that thing around all day.
What do you mean, she has to wear both of those things every day?!
Thanks, Leni, for the detailed fashion analysis.
Style and tradition are never meaningless. Ascot, and English traditions have greatly influenced American fashion. Ralph Lauren built his fashion empire on bringing “that look” to the American market.
I loved Princess Anne’s dashing orange. It is a color most would never dare to wear.
I agree with you about Anne’s hat. It’s a striking colour, and a very interesting design.
They certainly did show Camilla, and she did look lovely. Her cream colored outfit was very flattering.
Comparisons to MOBama are misplaced. Camilla is a very intelligent, well bred gorl from an excellent family. She is totally discreet and dresses for her role.
Sorry, I’m sure you’re right.