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We’re off to the races! Tuesday marks the first day of the 2019 Royal Ascot — a week-long horse racing event known to be one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite weeks out of the year. The event is a British version of the Kentucky Derby but with the spectacle and grandeur of a royal wedding. Each race starts off with a procession from the Royal family and special guests (today’s guests were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands) on four horse drawn carriages.

What really marks this event as the social gathering of the year: all the beautiful and stylish hats and fascinators worn by all of our royal ladies and those in attendance. There’s even a yearly bet on what color the Queen will be wearing on the first day of the event.

 

Queen Elizabeth II

Every year spectators wait anxiously to see what color her Majesty will step out in. In previous years she has worn red, orange and purple. The Queen has attended every day of every meeting of the Royal Ascot for the last 64 years!



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