Second day of Royal Ascot for the Countess

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended second day of The Royal Ascot. Today, The Earl of Wessex was much more visible at the Royal Ascot than yesterday, he presented trainer Jamie Osborne with a trophy after winning the Royal Hunt Cap with Field of Dream. The Queen was driven down the course on day two of Royal Ascot with the Duke of Edinburgh by her side. HM was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales, who drove in the second carriage with Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Mr Christopher Rhys-Jones – The Countess of Wessex’ father. I also spotted Princess Royal & Duke of York.
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The Countess and Earl of Wessex drove in the carriage procession in 2006 for the last time, since then never again. But as tomorrow it TRH’s 15th wedding anniversary, I am hoping to see them in the carriage along with HM The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Let’s take a look now at the dress code for the Royal Ascot, for the ladies.
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“Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows: Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code. Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour. Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Ladies are kindly asked to note the following: Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Midriffs must be covered. Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).” This is all very serious for the Ascot, and if you will breach the dress code, you won’t be allowed to attend.
© 2014 Andrew Parsons / i-Images

Usually I try not to concentrate on the wardrobe during official royal engagements, but when it comes to Royal Ascot it is all about the outfit and a hat. I must just say, The Countess looked incredible. Hat is perfection, love her in the white colour, and that dress suits her amazingly well. I am a very happy royal watcher today. Yesterday as well. I am already excited for tomorrow! Lovely gallery at Zimbio. Daily Mail article.

Outfit & jewellery.
Dress by Emilia Wickstead. It’s The Countess’ ‘to go’ designer for the Ascot.
Diamond earrings, no ID. Worn since 2011.
Diamond brooch, diamond clips in Art Deco style that can be worn separate or together, HRH received from Queen Mother as her wedding gift.

New double bangle by Felt London, currently sold out.
Clutch also seen many times before, it is an old piece, since 2005 or so. No ID.
Jimmy Choo Agnes pumps.
New bespoke hat by Jane Taylor.

5 thoughts on “Second day of Royal Ascot for the Countess

  1. Molly2101

    Sophie looked wonderful today and her hat was stunning! I really hope she attends tomorrow but I can't see it as she and Edward don't seem to attend all the days for Ascot anymore. Would be lovely if they did go tomorrow as she might have a new anniversary piece of jewellery on….


  2. Future Crayon

    Sophie's Ascot performance – day 1? Ok. Day 2? Good. Day 3? Absolutely amazing. I like the fact that she's embracing the textured trend and the longer length hems. I love the new hats. I really love how excited she gets during the races!


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