The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge joined Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family for the opening day of Royal Ascot.
Ascot Racecourse is steeped in heritage and history and was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
The annual meeting spans over five days and each day begins with a Royal Procession - the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus.
The iconic race meeting is a social event and long been a spectacle of fashion and style.
Kate again channeled a "My Fair Lady" vibe in a white lace dress, reminiscent of the Dolce & Gabbana piece she wore last year:
Today's frock comes courtesy of Alexander McQueen - a custom piece based on this Resort 2017 garment by the designer (US$3,685). Kate had the skirt lengthened to below the knee.
Crafted from ivory Italian floral lace with a feminine fit-and-flare silhouette, this Alexander McQueen dress is fashioned with ¾ length sleeves, subtle peplum detailing and eyelash-fringe scalloping. A grosgrain ribbon waistband nips in the waist. It is currently available at Nordstrom, Farfetch and Harrods.
On her feet she wore her trusty Gianvito Rossi Gianvito 105 Praline Suede Pumps.
The Duchess carried a new clutch bag. The lovely community at What Kate Wore identified it as the Loeffler Randall 'Tab' lizard-effect leather clutch in blush (US$275).
The clutch has sold out in blush but the 'Tab' model is available in a range of colours and fabrics. Loeffler Randall also offers a Junior Lock Clutch rendered in the blush lizard-effect leather.
Today we saw the return of the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from the Queen's royal collection.
Kate topped off the look with a bespoke ivory sinamay hat featuring floral pearl accents. The milliner is currently unknown.
Here is a close up of her glamorous up-do held together with a hairnet.
Monday, Feb 19:
Kate will have her first joint engagement with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they host a reception at Buckingham Palace. The reception will showcase pieces created as part of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
Wednesday, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wednesday, Feb 28: In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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