In Britain, the rain at Ascot today (Tuesday) threatened to ruin the garden party atmosphere on the first day of the four-day meeting.
In Britain, the rain at Ascot today (Tuesday) threatened to ruin the garden party atmosphere on the first day of the four-day meeting. Queen Elizabeth made the sovereign's traditional drive down the course in an open landau and there were the usual eye-catching but rarely elegant fashion hats of the women. The men of course were 'toppers.'
In the royal drive was the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother, the Dukes of Gloucester and Beaufort, and among the Queen's Ascot guests, Prince Charles of Luxembourg. It was a great opening for the punters with the racing results in their favour, but it wasn't for the women. The rain sploshed down as it usually does on such English occasions. The wind ruffled the feathers of the fashion hats and upset the owners until they disappeared almost altogether - under large protective umbrellas. Even the horses were hats of a sort to keep the rain off.
The Queen had no luck with her own horses, but she saw Harvest Gold, once owned by the Queen Mother, win the main race, the Ascot Stakes. The six-year-old which started at nine to one had to survive an objection for crossing to win.