22 June 2012

Royal Fashion Awards: Ascot 2012, Day 4

Yup, Ascot is still happening. But we're nearly there; it's day 4 and as we reach the end, royal sightings are tapering off. Just three royal ladies were out today, but they were winners in every sense. (Click here for day 3 to catch up.)

Best in Brooch Whisperers
Queen Elizabeth
It's a great day for the Queen: her horse Estimate won today, and the Duke of Edinburgh presented her with the prize! {Pause for an obligatory awwww. These kids and their cuteness.} And it's a great day for us too: purple and amethysts, oh my! Coming off a week of surprise brooches and my happily fulfilled Garter Day earring request, I joked yesterday in the comments that I'd like to see Her Maj finish out the week with the Kent amethysts and the Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch; this may not be the Kent amethysts specifically, but it sure is amethyst! This is often said to have been given to the Queen for opening a bridge in Scotland once upon a time.

Best in Mystery and Intrigue
Princess Haya
 QEII's not the only royal winner today; Princess Haya found herself in the winner's enclosure once again! Her horse Newfangled won the Albany Stakes today, and Haya made her most intriguing entry in the fashion stakes in this bit of Dior couture. I'm dubious on the outfit as a whole, but I confess I can't resist a royal working the International Princess of Mystery angle as Haya was in this landslide of a hat.

Best in Backlash
Princess Michael of Kent
After her ensemble yesterday was among the nuttiest of them all, Marie Christine has jumped backward so far, in head-on shots you'll wonder if she's even wearing a hat at all. (Which turned out to be a smart move, as the wind proved to be hazardous to many an Ascot hat today.) But this is good old MC at her most elegant, and that's a refreshing jolt of reassurance after a baffling Ladies' Day.

Who comes out on top on day 4 for you?

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