First day of Royal Ascot for the Countess

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended first day of Royal Ascot. The Countess was accompanied by Belinda Hadden of Heavenly Necklaces. I recognized Belinda, as I own many of her jewellery pieces. Countess favours her jewellery designs as well. Belinda’s store got very famous, after The Duchess of Cambridge wore her pearl earrings. I should mention, Sophie owns that earrings as well.
© courtesy of Sacha Baldock, I adore this pic!

Prince Harry arrived  at Royal Ascot for the very first time, sitting alongside HM, Prince Philip and the The Duke of York in the first of four carriages. The Duchess of Cornwall, who missed Garter Day because of a heavy cold, recovered enough to join Prince Charles, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in the second carriage in the procession. In the third carriage sat the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, while in the final carriage was the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and his wife Serena. They sat opposite Viscount Ullswater, and his wife Susan, who was private secretary to Viscount Linley’s mother Princess Margaret. More in Express story.
©2014 Stephen Lock / i-Images

The annual meeting is as much a social event as an important sporting fixture and it attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers in the world. Daily Mail article here. Little bit of Royal Ascot history: Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and since that time, a further eleven monarchs have leant their patronage to the Royal race course. The Royal Meeting, held annually in the third week in June, is steeped in tradition and pageantry and is interwoven into the very fabric of British culture. The five-day meeting commences on a Tuesday and each day begins with the Royal Procession – the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus, which parade along the track in front of the race- goers.
© Ascot Racecourse via Facebook

The Royal Procession dates back to the 1820s and the reign of King George IV, at which time it was referred to as the Royal Parade or Royal Drive. To me Ascot will be forever associated with Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, and that famous quote: “Come on, Dover! Move your bloomin’ arse!”

Also in the fashion news, The Countess of Wessex won Hello’s tops Royal Ascot best-dressed vote.  Read more here.

Outfit & jewellery:
New Emilia Wickstead dress-suit in powder blue.
Diamond earrings, seen on many occasions since 2011, sadly no ID.
Blue stone brooch, I call it aquamarine brooch, as colour is mixture of blue and green. No ID. First seen in 2011.
Blue stone ring, again, because of the colour, most likely with aquamarine. First seen in 2007.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design.
New bespoke beaded cocktail hat by Jane Taylor.
// Bennett Harley pumps.

9 thoughts on “First day of Royal Ascot for the Countess

  1. Molly2101

    Sophie looked beautiful today even if I wasn't a fan of the material or length of the dress. I have high hopes for Edward and Sophie to be in a carriage on Thursday as it's their 15th wedding anniversary. C'mon Queen, make my day!


  2. Molly2101

    The last time they were in the carriage was 2006. I figured Sophie wasn't in it in 2007 as she was pregnant (though it was not public knowledge), as she also didn't attend Trooping the Colour of the Garter Service that year. Fingers crossed for Thursday!

    Also Belinda Hadden, owner of Heavenly Necklaces, is a friend of Sophie and Edward. Her daughter Camilla was one of their bridesmaids and is one of Edward's god-daughters.


  3. Really gorgeous outfit…..I love the hat……have to say I didnt think the outfits she wore to Ascot last year really did her justice….they seemed a little too old for her……where as this really suits her.


  4. Anonymous

    Claire Balding (British sports commentator, from a racing family, and principle presenter on UK TV coverage) picked this outfit as her favourite of the day. She also congratulated the Countess for her ability to walk so well in heels on the grass.


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