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Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2015


Wow – what a scorcher!

Sunshine and blue skies greeted us as we prepared to board the party bus limo at 9am, me wearing the dress I made and Mr H-L in a matching tie.

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We had originally planned on travelling by traditional limousine but, as numbers grew to fourteen, we had to go by limo bus instead.


Plenty of room inside to enjoy the journey in style….


Champagne and champagne cocktails went down well.



Extremely well.


Too well?


Did I mention the pole in the corner?

Let this be a warning to anyone who decides that drinking champagne at 9.30 in the morning is a good idea!

Pole dancing

Is that TEN empty bottles in the ice bucket?!!!!

There was another bar opposite this one too……



Mr H-L dived in the cool bags at the back of the bus to get more bubbly, just as the bus went round a corner…


All fifteen stone of him landed squarely on twelve carefully stacked Ascot hats!

Luckily, they nearly all bent back into shape, and the one with a hole survived emergency surgery using eyelash glue.


Traffic was pretty bad getting into Ascot itself so, having finally arrived at 1.30, we headed straight for the parade ring to see The Queen arrive.


No great photo of Her Majesty this year, I’m afraid – I found out too late that I had a smudge on my lens.

I can tell you that she was wearing a mint green outfit though.

With Her Majesty in her carriage this year were Prince Phillip, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice.


I picked the winner in the Gold Cup!


Jugs of Pimms kept us going in the heat.


Or, if you preferred a beer, Stella Artois was being lugged around in giant backpacks by these guys who were selling it for five pounds a pint.


People watching doesn’t get any better than at Ascot on Ladies Day – there were some incredible outfits, most of which I wasn’t quick enough to photograph.

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This one is for Ali – the jumpsuit trend has started!


Mostly, the gentlemen looked lovely in either the traditional morning suit…


…or contemporary twist on a two piece suit.

I just had to ask this chap for a photo.


His mint green suit matched the Queen’s choice of colour – don’t you just love the gold brogues?!

Although the dress code insists on a “matching two-piece suit with collared shirt and tie”, it doesn’t mention socks – so these two followed it to the letter.

I wonder if they dispensed with the boxer shorts too?

(Ooh, can you see Mr H-L in the background buying another jug of Pimms?)

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No.1 Son tells me that going sockless is the latest thing. Yuk.

Someone needs to tell them their trousers seem to have shrunk in the wash, too.

They wouldn’t get away with that in the Royal Enclosure a few feet away.

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Hello Dawn!

She’s the lady in pale blue who does a wonderful job of organizing this each year.



Fish and chips for lunch, although the seafood bar is on the list for next year.


The atmosphere in front of the grandstand was electric and the noise, deafening, as the horses thundered down the last 1/2 furlong.


We had two placed in the sixth, and final, race of the day – Second and Third with “Scottish” and “Marma’s Boy”….


….and celebrated our success with another bottle of champagne, Laurent Perrier Rosé this time.


At £110 a bottle, it was a bargain!

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6pm marks the start of the Singing Around the Bandstand, a popular tradition, synonymous with Royal Ascot.




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At the end of a completely brilliant day, it was flips-flops on for the short walk back to the limo bus….


….which had already left without us!

But that’s another story……..

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32 thoughts on “Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2015

  1. I’m still smiling with pleasure!! I love this post and your brilliant comments about the great day you had!!! Ah,what a fun!!! I should attend an Ascot race once!!! Knitted outfit could work as well as a sewn one??

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  2. If only the USA had something like this!

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  3. It certainly looks like you all had a great time 😀 !!!

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  4. Wow you looked amazing. What an outfit. What a day. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of another life K xXx

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  5. Such an enjoyable post! I’m really looking forward to our annual day at York races in August now!

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  6. And you look fabulous!

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  7. Wow what an amazing day. Brilliant post. I’ve never seen a limo bus before! But then I’ve never been to Ascot before either… You look like you loved it. Are you going to share the next part of the story because you can’t leave it at a cliffhanger like that!?!

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  8. Oh that day looked so fun. And I loved all the hats! Yes, why did the Limo leave you’all?

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  9. You looked gorgeous. It sounds like a fantastic, fun day. x

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  10. I LOVEEEEEE this post! Your comments, the outfits and the hats. I wish we had something like this in the states. You all look like you had such a fantastic time. Hope the lady didn’t notice that all her glory was showing in the one pic! WHOOOPSIE!! The pic right before you swingin on the pole. You go girl! You and the hubby definately know how to live it up. 🙂

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    • Oh dear, it does look a bit suggestive doesn’t it? A close up reveals that it is just her leg, thank goodness! We had such a great time and I’m already thinking about what dress to make for next year:)


  11. Fabulous post. You looked beautiful in your new dress. I have to admit that with all your tales of drinks I did wonder if you kept having to queue up at the ladies…! And I did laugh at the bargain cost of your fizz! So glad you had a nice time.

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    • Thanks Claire! I didn’t actually go to the loo all day long which probably isn’t that good for my bladder. The cheapest bottle was £80 but I don’t think there was a limit to how much you could pay if you wanted a vintage bottle, so it was a relative bargain!

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  13. I adored your post. I smiled and smiled all the time. What an amazing day! And you looked gorgeous!! Loved the day, and all the stunning photos. Thank you so much for sharing with us all. 🙂

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it – it’s hard to portray quite how brilliant a day out at Royal Ascot is, especially on Ladies Day! We were smiling all day long and always wish the day day wouldn’t end:)

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      • I would absolutely believe it, it looked like such a lot of fun. True, a day like that seems to end way to soon. The photos gives us an idea of just how much fun it was, and I can say that I think it does not come close to really portraying to total feeling of the day. Loved it. 🙂

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  14. You can’t beat being with good friends and having a great time. I laughed along with you, I’ve never been to Ascot but I love a flutter now and then. Great post.

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    • You’re right, good times with friends are the best. If you ever get the chance to go to Ascot, jump at it – we go every year and it’s more fun each time:)


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