Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
at Royal Ascot Races
With the Royal Ascot Races only a month away, the word is out. It seems things have gotten out of control in the recent past as to what some have chosen to wear to this event and the Queen and her authorities will have none of it.
So, select your outfit carefully. Visitors to Royal Ascot this June must adhere to a strict dress code if they want to be allowed in.
First, one needs to be reminded that for centuries admission to the Royal Enclosure was a statement of belonging to the social elite.
Traditional morning dress for gentleman has always been mandatory.
Equally suitable formal attire was expected of proper ladies, which, of course, included hats.
This year, just in case any newcomers were in doubt of how exclusive the honour is, those who transgress the code will be turned away on the orders of Her Majesty’s representative, the Duke of Devonshire.
While gentlemen have not posed a problem, organisers believe that the lines of what is — and what is not — appropriate for ladies have become confused of late.
There will be no strapless dresses,
with hat or without.
There will be no exposure of undue amounts of skin.
In other words, keep it covered.
So, ladies, mind those shoulders,
check the front and the back.
At Royal Ascot this year,
it will require more than just a hat.