On Tuesday I headed to Royal Ascot, as a guest of the racecourse. I decided to wear Suzannah again this year, and she made me the most ravishing navy blue silk radzmir coat dress.
I popped into Blow Ltd first thing for a blow out upon which to sit my hat. Here I am in the cab on the way to Waterloo station.
I managed to leave the belt for my dress at The Savoy where I stayed the night before for a story, so had to divert my cab to pick it up – a huge thank you to the lovely Savoy butlers who arranged for it to be waiting at the entrance with just ten minute’s notice.
We took the train, which is always entertaining: an entire station concourse filled with people in top hats and party frocks at 1030 in the morning.
I took Brig as my guest this year – that’s her above on the far left in green Roland Mouret and a Gina Foster Jacinta hat (She also wore an Erdem black lace coat and Prada shoes).
When we arrived we were rushed off to appear on Ascot TV, interviewed by always charming Martha Ward, who was in SS14 Michael Van Der Ham, with a Jane Taylor hat. Here’s Amanda Wakeley doing her stint
Television duties over, we headed off to find my friends with the Bollinger.
Before heading to our box for lunch.
And to watch the Royal Procession from Windsor Great Park onto the racecourse. Last year I did the live commentary for Channel 4 with Clare Balding, so it was rather nice to kick back this year with a glass of Champagne and just watch the spectacle without worrying about identifying what each princess was wearing.
Then it was down to the Royal Enclosure to watch the first race, the Queen Anne Stakes. We both lost.
Ascot would not be Ascot without afternoon tea: delicious royalty-inspired cake action:
Here’s Kara (left) in bespoke Harriet Gubbins and an epic Piers Atkinson hat. Nazer (right) is in Luisa Beccaria, with a Jane Taylor hat.
Tea consumed, we headed back to the Royal Enclosure for more Bollinger bubbles with the boys.
And here’s beautiful Nazer again in her Luisa Beccaria dress
These LK Bennett Floret Saffiano Patent Leather Point Toe Courts are absolutely the most comfortable shoes. Last year I wore a very pointy four inch needle sharp stiletto and my feet were crippled an hour or so in. I wore these all day and whilst I can’t pretend my feet weren’t screaming after eight hours standing, they were by far and away the best occasion shoes I have ever worn. (They also come in delectable blue, and pink and are currently in the sale for £135.)
Thank you to Suzannah for my glorious dress, and to LK Bennett for the shoes, and to Edwina Ibbotson for the loan of yet another of her ravishing hats. I have a Blow Ltd Editor card, which allows me to have free blow dries.