On the 20th of June 2017, Kate Middleton attended the Opening Day of Royal Ascot. She wore a gorgeous white lace dress by Alexander McQueen.
It was Kate’s second visit to Royal Ascot—she made her debut in 2016. She chose a very similar look on that occasion—a white lace dress by Dolce and Gabbana.
Kate rode in the second Royal Carriage with Prince William, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward.
Sophie looked fantastic in an emerald green dress by Emilia Wickstead and a hat by Jane Taylor.
The Queen is an avid Royal Ascot supporter and attends the races every year. It’s said to be her favourite week in the racing calendar.
As mentioned above, Kate chose a white floral lace dress by Alexander McQueen.
It appears to be a customised version of the designer’s Lace Mini Dress (shown below at Farfetch.com):
The off the rack version of the white lace mini dress is made from a cotton and silk-blend fabric. It features a delicately pleated skirt and a lace peplum underneath the ribbon waistband. The dress has a round neckline, three-quarter length sleeves and a flared skirt. Kate’s version of the dress features a longer length hemline.
In 2017, the mini version of Kate’s white lace dress retailed for $3,685 USD / £2,395 GBP at Farfetch.com. Harrods also carried the dress.
Kate accessorised with her Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in “Praline”. The biscuit-coloured suede shoes have a 105cm heel and a pointed toe.
If you’re interested in purchasing the heels, they’re currently available at Net-A-Porter.com for $675 USD / £470 GBP.
Kate had her hair put up in an elegant chignon –
On to Kate’s diamond and pearl drop earrings. They belong to the Queen.
According to this blog, the pearls used in the earrings were a wedding gift to the Queen and Prince Philip from the ruler of Bahrain in 1947. The Queen had them turned into earrings shortly after her wedding. Kate’s borrowed the earrings on a few occasions recently.
Kate chose a coordinating white and cream hat.
It features a large bow and floral detailing.
Here’s how the hat is described on the fantastic Royal Hats Blog:
The cocktail hat is built on a cream base and trimmed with lattice printed crin bows that circle around the form a folded brim. The brim is anchored with pearl-centred floral lace trim that also cascades from the back, and cream silk flowers.
The Palace confirmed Kate’s hat is bespoke but we’re unsure which milliner designed it at present.
Kate’s debuted a new bag today. It’s the Tab Clutch by Loeffler Randall.
The blush pink clutch bag was previously available at Net-A-Porter.com for £255 / $275. The company described it as “handcrafted from lizard-effect leather … perfect for day or night”.
Sadly, the blush colour is no longer available for purchase. However, you can still purchase the clutch bag in various other colours from Net-A-Porter.com, Saks Fifth Avenue and Amazon.com.
The Duchess is the perfect lady. She has simple style that is soft and conservative. Her selections are memorable pieces. She has develoce and classic style of 1940 with new Millennium. Her petite athletic figure make her size healthy and attractive. She excites my fashion ladylike side.
Patricia Spingarn says
Miss Kate is perfect in every way…. certainly a beautiful person to represent the British monarchy . I love her style , so classy
Carly Wood says
I love her style too (obviously haha!)
Thanks for the comment!
The only lady to outdo The Duchess at ASCOT was “Eliza Doolittle” (Audrey Hepburn) when Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison) decides to test her out before presenting her at the ball. Both the fictional and the real are class and elegance personified.
We are here in London all week. We visit Windsor on Thursday. Do you think we might see the Queen and any royals depart for Ascot ! ???
Carly Wood says
Hopefully! Good luck!!!!