Royal Ascot, that festival of fashions and horseflesh is coming to a close and this year, as usual in recent years, fashions have again captured the public imagination.
Royal Ascot, that festival of fashions and horseflesh is coming to a close and this year, as usual in recent years, fashions have again captured the public imagination. This year, the greatest interest appeared to centre on who would manage to escape the official scrutiny and enter the Royal Enclosure wearing hotpants, rather than the likely winner of the Ascot Gold Cup--one of the most important races in the British racing calendar.
In fact, these dedicated followers of fashion were able to claim only one victory in the hotpants stakes. The one who did enter the Royal Enclosure in hotpants, despite an official ban, only succeeded after the astute use of a safety pin, and even after passing the official scrutiny, she had to face the unseasonal English summer weather.
Extra police were stationed around the racecourse after a bomb threat against the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, but they gave way to the ladies of fashion and their attendant gentlemen.
For those who were interested, the winner of the Gold Cup was Rock Roi, the 2-1 favourite, by a convincing four lengths. Queen Elizabeth's horse, Charlton, was fourth.