After the wonderful day I had at Royal Ascot with Brig on the Wednesday, my second day at Royal Ascot, as a guest of official timekeepers Longines in their finishing post box, saw me taking the train from Waterloo with the other hundreds of racegoers.
I was again dressed by Suzannah, this time in her Harlequin print Italian silk shirtwaister, with a navy Siana Yewdall hat from Fenwick’s of Bond Street, orange suede Floret heels from LK Bennett, and the same Thomas Sabo pearl earrings, MaxMara sunglasses, and Smythson clutch that I wore the day before.
and a lovely William Chambers navy leather carnation boutonniere pinned onto my frock.
I was still very jetlagged and the early morning starts were not helping. The double espressos, on the other hand, were. (My top tip for getting to Ascot is to buy a first class ticket – £24 return, so not too painful – and check with the platform manager where the carriages are, because that way you are almost certainly guaranteed a seat. In previous years I have stood the whole way there, which is no fun when you are wearing a posh frock and going to be on your feet all day. I have been driven there – and nearly missed my BBC filming spot because we were stuck in traffic for an hour half a mile outside Ascot.)
Fashion stylist Ursula Lake was wearing a red skirt from S Dress.
Martha (above right) is in Huishan Zhang.
Louise (below) is in a lovely LK Bennett skirt.
I was doing some filming for a documentary about Ascot. The crew came to my house a few weeks ago to get my thoughts on the history of Royal Ascot, and then filmed me in all my finery on the day.
Here’s the always delightful William Chambers (right) with one of his lovely millinery clients.
We are lunch in the Longines box in much splendour.
I rarely win on the horses, but was thrilled to discover that I had not only backed the winner in the first, but the second in the next two races. I only bet each way for a place, at a fiver a pop, but still – it’s very pleasing! (And Peacock was the Queen’s horse, which is always nice.)
Huge thanks to Longines for their hospitality.