KATE MIDDLETON, the Duchess of Cambridge, attended the first day of Royal Ascot 2019 today. Prince William’s wife looked elegant in cornflower blue as she arrived in a carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and their husbands Prince William and Prince Charles.
Kate Middleton stuns in pastel blue at Royal Ascot
Kate Middleton, 37, wore a similar shade to the Queen, who chose a lilac colour for the first day of Royal Ascot 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge rode in to the Royal Enclosure alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who looked summery in peach. Kate chose a wide-brimmed hat with large flower by Philip Treacy to complement her outfit. A pair of large aquamarine drop earrings could be seen in her ears, and she wore her long brown locks in a low bun.
Kate Middleton looks elegant in cornflower blue at Royal Ascot 2019
Kate’s dress, which is by Elie Saab, featured a sheer lace detail on the top, with a simple cami seen underneath the overlay.
The long skirt came down to Kate’s ankles, and was given a romantic edge with studded net which shimmered in the daylight.
Mum-of-three Kate kept her makeup simple, opting for a sweep of peach blusher, mascara and nude lips.
Blue tones were popular with the Royal Family today, with Kate, the Queen, Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice all opting for the shade.
This is unusual for the royals, who usually ensure each member does not clash, particularly with the Queen.
Kate Middleton news: The Duchess of Cambridge wore an ethereal Elie Saab dress today (Image: REUTERS/REX)
Kate Middleton news: The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in blue at Royal Ascot today (Image: PA/REX/REUTERS)
European royal Queen Maxima was also in attendance, and she matched Camilla in a peach shade.
What is the Royal Ascot dress code?
Known for being strictly implemented, the Royal Ascot dress code is one of the tightest in the racing world.
Royal Ascot produce a detailed guideline every year for guests to follow to ensure there are no style blunders.
The most stringent rules apply in the Royal Enclosure, with ladies having to wear dresses or skirts that fall just above the knee or longer.
Straps must be one inch or greater, with strapless, halter neck and spaghetti straps banned. Midriffs are also not allowed to be on display.
Kate Middleton news: Zara Tindall wore a hat in the same shade as the Duchess of Cambridge (Image: REX)
Kate Middleton news: Prince William’s wife smiled as she made her way in to Ascot (Image: PA)
While trouser suits are allowed, they must be full length on the leg and matching material and colour.
Most importantly, hats must be worn, although headpieces with a solid four inch base are permitted. Fascinators are not allowed.
Men must wear black or grey morning dress which includes a waistcoat, tie, top hat and black shoes worn with socks.
This dress code is followed not only by guests but also by members of the Royal Family who attend.
The Queen Anne Enclosure and the Village Enclosure are slightly more relaxed, with fascinators allowed, and dresses or tops with thin straps permitted.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK