Hooray it's that time of year again! Royal Ascot season is upon us and it's millinery heaven. Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot, which over the past 300 years has become an amazing show ground to parade the finest in hats.
Designers such as John Boyd, Philip Treacy and Awon Golding are high on the style sweepstakes whilst in between the champagne quaffing and betting, fashion takes centre stage.
It was my first ever visit to Ascot so I wasn't sure quite what to take with me but really hoped the rain would hold off! Choosing my hat gave me a mild case of the jitters but thankfully Miss Golding came to the rescue. I particularly love that her hats are elegant, feminine with a couture twist and she showed me the best way the hat should sit on the head. The idea is not to obscure the eyes so she placed a pin at the base of the crown so it would not slide forward and still gave free movement.
I decided to get the train to Ascot (you can't beat good old Great Western) and arrived promptly at midday with a parade of bouquets, aptly worn on many ladies heads.
For me the fun was all about people watching. I saw the most amazing creations on stunning women whilst I couldn't wait to check out the catering (yes they even had a cheese on toast stand!)- all washed down with a glass of champagne naturally.
My favourite part of the day was seeing the vintage inspired band The Tootsie Rollers who wore complimentary outfits and Lulu Guinness clutch bags.
I also got chatting to a lovely old timer who'd been coming to the races for many years and gave me tips on who I should bid on- I decided to just watch him spend his money instead!
He also informed me that Royal Ascot has been a yearly event since 1711, after Queen Anne decided it was the best part of the land to gallop in. It has been a royal haven of delights since and is known as a valuable meeting place with high prize money and the worlds top racehorses on display.
There is of course the wonderful fact that you will be in great company, the queen started the progression by heralding in the Royal carriage. She looked a vision in yellow with matching hat and coat- I can't wait to visit again, what a fantastic day!