Lady Revisits Royal Ascot

It’s that time of year again. Time for horse races, time for Pimm’s, time for the Queen to arrive in her carriage to the delight of the crowds. It’s time for Royal Ascot.

Horse race at Royal Ascot in England

It has been a year since I was last at Royal Ascot, and I was excited for the event. Even though my official modeling duties as the Face of Ascot are over, I still love returning to Royal Ascot every year for a day of racing and fashion.

Royal Ascot race cards

On Wednesday I headed to Berkshire with a friend to attend the second day of Royal Ascot. We arrived under ominously gray skies, but thankfully we were starting our day at an event under a marquee. It was the second event to celebrate the My Kingdom for a Horse exhibition for the 300th anniversary of Ascot Racecourse.

Woman riding a horse at Royal Ascot

We spent some time exploring the exhibition, sipping sherry, and catching up with others we knew. My friend made sure to embarrass me when we came across my portrait in the exhibition, but I safely hid when she tried to take a picture of me in front of it.

Race horse at Royal Ascot

After the event, we walked around the grounds for a bit and discovered Charlie Langton’s new statue of Ascot’s greatest racehorse, four-time Gold Cup winner Yeats.

Charlie Langton statue of Yeats at Ascot Racecourse in England

Soon the queen appeared in her carriage with much pomp and circumstance. We all gathered in the rain to get a glimpse of her before she disappeared into the royal box.

The Queen at Royal Ascot

Then it was time for the races. We stood in the parade ring to watch the horses on display, then made our way to the track to cheer for our favorites. They didn’t win. Thankfully we were wise enough not to bet on them.

We repeated this ritual several more times before the afternoon came to a close. None of the horses we chose as favorites came close to winning. It was not our lucky day.

Red fascinators at Royal Ascot

As we made our way back to London, we realized that the one piece of luck that we had that day is that we mostly escaped the rain.

Woman with an umbrella at Royal Ascot

I’m returning to Royal Ascot on Saturday, and I’m hoping to be that lucky again.

5 Comments on Lady Revisits Royal Ascot

  1. Peter Manousakos
    June 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I was there on Tuesday for Day 1 and as a first timer I was really into it…and lost 30 pounds. I was shotting photogs for my company’s racing club and we were exceptionally lucky to be blessed with amazing weather. I think I’ll be making this an annual trek…so long as my company pays for the corporate box:)

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  2. Jade
    June 20, 2011 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

    I really wanted to go to the games when I lived in London but we never made it out. Sounds like you are having a great time! Did you wear a fascinator?! :)

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    • aladyinlondon
      June 21, 2011 at 8:29 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Jade! I wore a fascinator one year, but this year I wore a hat :)

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