Day 2 brought at least one surprise and a personal favourite.
The Duchess of Cornwall went glamorous and replaced the timeless pearls with diamond rondelle. The necklace made a dubut recently during the celebrations of the bicentenary of the Greek independence
Her sister-in-law went retro with a pair of large mabe pearl and enamel (?) earrings and a gem-set pearls. And while the jewels were different, the shades remained!
The Countess of Wessex selected a large pearl pendant and diamond hoops to complete her floral attire.
And lastly my winner (from yesterday) - HRH The Prince of Wales in a stunning cabochon sapphire and diamond tie pin. It's rare to enjoy male royal jewels and HRH certainly has the panache to wear them.
Bring out the hats, ladies! It's time for Royal Ascot!
A few horse-loving members of the Royal Family attended day one yesterday, including Camilla and Anne.
Cams dusted off one of her pearl chokers and other goodies for the occasion:
Princess Anne, a fellow equestrian, rocked a horse brooch and lovely pearl drop earrings in addition to her dainty necklace and statement shades:
Sophie Wessex was joined by the Countess of Derby. Both ladies wore some lovely pearls and big hats:
Any ideas about the maker of the pendant?
Hello! Actually I had thought that Prince Charles had given this pearl necklace as a gift to Princess Diana as a gift upon the arrival of Prince William, but Princess Diana actually bought this herself using some legacy money. This information was in one of the Royal Jewels books.
I've had no luck but im hoping/ guessing Lauren of the court jewler will feature it in her Ascot day 2 round up shortly ....
Did find a full length photo of Sophie and Edward's mask was quite fetching
Still not sure what the connection is between the event and the ship...
Anyways, GettyImages has a clear photo of Camilla's diamond necklace. Appropriate for Ascot or a society wedding, but hope we won't see much of it at gala dinners.
Ann leads by example - don't get rid of stuff because it goes out of fashion
This is from the 1970s !!
Ann stepped in for the Queen on ladies day presenting a cup/ trophy (sorry im not in to horse racing) so saddly no Queen on day 3 either
So as i don't follow the nags - i mean i like horses and i enjoy them at the Olympics but even the Melbourne cup race bores me to tears (give me car racing any day )
So whay happened to Ascot day 4 ?
I mean have we missed a day ?
Where there no royal relations in attendence or was it rained off ?
Anyway wonderful to see HM on the last day
Now this 2nd picture is of of someone who really loves the races
I beleave her horses ran a 2nd and 3rd today
It was rainy on Day 4 and too wet for the horses to run with no danger for both the horses and the jockeys. Remember that racing is dangerous even in dry weather! Other sports events on the day were also cancelled, like cricket.
Anyway, back to the royal present - it was a surprisingly low-key brooch for her fist race in two years, but her smile was shining as bright as the biggest diamond!
PS: I'm into show jumping. Racing isn't my thing, but I appreciate the social aspect (and the jewels).