The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen 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. Her Majesty was accompanied by The King and Queen of the Netherlands today.
The iconic race meeting is a social event and long been a spectacle of fashion and style.
The Duchess used the occasion to make a designer debut. Today she stepped out in a blue Elie Saab ensemble. This is the first time we have seen Kate wear a garment by the Lebanese fashion designer.
The swiss dot fabric with macramé trim is seen in the designer's ready-to-wear Resort 2019 collection Thanks to @Japanese_Ginger for the info.
Kate had the pussy bow top customized with long sleeves, and the tulle skirt trimmed to a midi length with extra layers of tulle added for full coverage.
The Duchess coordinated the separates with a new blue hat by Philip Treacy. You may recall she already owns this design in a pink colourway.
The molded slice hat features rosettes under the brim and is from the milliner's S/S 2016 collection.
There was also a new clutch and shoes. She carried an Elie Saab Abat-Jour Metallic and Leather Clutch Bag, and on her feet Kate wore Gianvito Rossi 105 metallic leather pumps (US$745).
We saw the return of her KIKI Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop Earrings.
A closer look at Kate's elegant up-do.
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