Zara Tindall greets her royal relatives with pecks on the cheek at Royal Ascot

A very lovey-dovey Zara Tindall! Princess Anne’s daughter shrugs off stuffy formality as she showers her royal relatives, including Uncle Charles, with kisses at Ascot

  • Zara Tindall seemed particularly pleased to see her relatives today when arriving at Royal Ascot in Berkshire 
  • Princess Anne’s daughter, 41, could be seen greeting members of her extended family with a friendly kiss 
  • Queen, who has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne, missed event amid mobility issues

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The British royal family turned out in force at the opening of Royal Ascot today – and Zara Tindall seemed particularly pleased to see her relatives.

Princess Anne‘s daughter, 41, could be seen greeting members of her extended family with a friendly kiss when arriving at the Berkshire racecourse alongside her husband Mike Tindall, 43. 

Mother-of-three Zara could be seen affectionately pecking the cheek of her uncle Prince Charles, as well as her mother, the Princess Royal, her brother Peter Phillips and Princess Michael of Kent.

The Queen missed today’s event amid her ongoing mobility issues. She has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne in 1952, apart from when it was held behind closed doors in 2020.

However the 96-year-old monarch will likely be watching from home just seven miles away at Windsor Castle this afternoon, especially when her horse King’s Lynn races in the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40pm.

And instead, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in attendance alongside a host of other royals – including Countess Sophie Wessex and Princess Beatrice, who was joined by her husband Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi. 

The British royal family turned out in force at the opening of Royal Ascot today - and Zara Tindall seemed particularly pleased to see her relatives

Mother-of-three Zara could be seen affectionately pecking the cheek of her uncle Prince Charles, as well as her mother, the Princess Royal, her brother Peter Phillips and Princess Michael of Kent

Mother-of-three Zara could be seen affectionately pecking the cheek of her uncle Prince Charles (right), as well as her mother, the Princess Royal, her brother Peter Phillips and Princess Michael of Kent

Mother-of-three Zara greeted her mother Princess Anne with a similar affectionate greeting, hugging her close as she gave her a kiss on the cheek

Mother-of-three Zara greeted her mother Princess Anne with a similar affectionate greeting, hugging her close as she gave her a kiss on the cheek

The Queen's granddaughter kisses her brother Peter Phillips in greeting

Zara and Princess Michael of Kent

The Queen’s granddaughter kisses her brother Peter Phillips in greeting, left, and Princess Michael of Kent, right

The Queen's granddaughter Zara put an affectionate arm around her uncle Prince Charles earlier this afternoon as the pair chatted at Ascot

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara put an affectionate arm around her uncle Prince Charles earlier this afternoon as the pair chatted at Ascot 

Zara and the Prince of Wales share a hug as they greet each other at Royal Ascot on Tuesday

Zara and the Prince of Wales share a hug as they greet each other at Royal Ascot on Tuesday

Zara, who is an Olympian equestrian and shares the Queen’s love of horses, donned a £675 Anna Mason tie-dye belted Dahlia dress for the occasion. 

She teamed her vibrant frock with a pillbox pom-pom hat by Sarah Cant and nude Emmy pumps to finish her elegant look.  

The Queen’s granddaughter’s statement dress boasted a round-neck, a black belt cinched at the waist, with bow detailing and a dropped hem. 

Just over a week after the Platinum Jubilee celebrations ended, the Tindalls looked happy to be back in the company of their fellow royals as they gathered at the British summertime staple event. 

Former England rugby star, Mike looked suitably dapper in a top hat and tails, as the smiling couple arrived for the prestigious racing event. 

The Queen's granddaughter, 41, and former England Rugby star Mike Tindall, 43, donned their glad rags as they attended the first day of Royal Ascot

The Queen’s granddaughter, 41, and former England Rugby star Mike Tindall, 43, donned their glad rags as they attended the first day of Royal Ascot

Steal Zara’s statement style in a Anna Mason dress

Zara Tindall has joined most of the royal family for the first day of Royal Ascot, and what a summery ensemble she’s wearing.

Teaming an Anna Mason dress with Emmy London pumps, Zara’s completed the look with Anya Hindmarch’s ‘Maud’ clutch, a Sarah Cant hat and Laurence Coste earrings.

Named the ‘Dahlia’, the knee-length dress is designed with a tiered hem and padded shoulders, but it’s the painterly print that really makes this linen dress stand out. We love how the bold black cotton belt breaks up the pattern too.

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Zara donned a colourful £675 Anna Mason tie-dye belted Dahlia dress for the occasion, with a pillbox pom-pom hat by Sarah Cant and nude Emmy pumps finishing her look

Zara donned a colourful £675 Anna Mason tie-dye belted Dahlia dress for the occasion, with a pillbox pom-pom hat by Sarah Cant and nude Emmy pumps finishing her look 

Former England rugby star Mike, 43, looked dapper in a top hat and tails, as the smiling couple arrived for the prestigious racing event

Former England rugby star Mike, 43, looked dapper in a top hat and tails, as the smiling couple arrived for the prestigious racing event

Zara looked chic in the 'Dahlia' knee-length tiered dress - twinned with tortoiseshell glasses

Zara looked chic in the ‘Dahlia’ knee-length tiered dress – twinned with tortoiseshell glasses

Meanwhile Kate Middleton’s parents Carole and Michael also made a surprise appearance at the event today. 

The Royal Enclosure is strictly invitation only and was established in 1807, and was originally only for guests of King George III. 

The Queen, who has owned 22 winners of races at Royal Ascot, was among racegoers attending last year after it was selected to take part in the Government’s events research programme on behalf of the sport of racing.

She did not attend the first day of last year’s races but was later present at day five with her racing manager John Warren and inspected her four horses in the Parade Ring after they crossed the finish line.

This year’s published Style Guide for the event, the eleventh of its kind, hints at a more relaxed approach elsewhere, suggesting exuberant occasion wear is positively encouraged in 2022.

Zara was spotted chatting to Princess Beatrice, her husband Edoardo and Sophie Wessex, and enjoyed an affectionate hug with Prince Charles

Zara was spotted chatting to Princess Beatrice, her husband Edoardo and Sophie Wessex, and enjoyed an affectionate hug with Prince Charles

Meanwhile Princess Beatrice also offered Prince Charles a kiss on the cheek, while her husband Edoardo tipped his hat to the royal

Meanwhile Princess Beatrice also offered Prince Charles a kiss on the cheek, while her husband Edoardo tipped his hat to the royal 

The Royal Enclosure still enforces a strict dress code. Women are asked to dress modestly and wear hats or headpieces with broad bases – fascinators are not allowed.

The dress code states: ‘Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Jackets and pashminas may be worn.’

Men are allowed to remove their hats ‘within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or a facility’s terrace, balcony or garden’ or any enclosed seating area on the premises.

For the Royal Enclosure, everyone has to wear name tags, with the car park also exclusive, as guests gather there for picnics.

The Queen pulls out of Royal Ascot amid ongoing mobility issues as Prince Charles and Camilla take her place in carriage procession 

The Queen will not attend Royal Ascot today as she misses out on the event amid her ongoing mobility issues – but there will be a procession featuring Prince Charles, Camilla and Peter Phillips in the first carriage.

Following behind in the second carriage will be the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; while in the third carriage will be Princess Anne, the Queen’s close friend Lord de Mauley and former British Horseracing Authority head of stewarding William Nunneley with his wife Caroline.

YESTERDAY - The Queen with Prince Charles and Camilla at Windsor Castle ahead of the annual Order of the Garter Service

YESTERDAY – The Queen with Prince Charles and Camilla at Windsor Castle ahead of the annual Order of the Garter Service

In the fourth carriage at the procession – the details for which were revealed at noon today – will be the Earl and Countess of Hopetoun along with Tom Hooper and Lady Alexandra Hooper, who is also close with the royals.

Her Majesty was a regular at the Berkshire racecourse before the pandemic and has been at every Royal Meeting since acceding to the throne in 1952, apart from when it was held behind closed doors in 2020.

However the 96-year-old monarch will likely be watching from home just seven miles away at Windsor Castle this afternoon, especially when her horse King’s Lynn races in the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.40pm.

The Queen, who has owned 22 winners of races at Royal Ascot, was among racegoers attending last year after it was selected to take part in the Government’s events research programme on behalf of the sport of racing.

She did not attend the first day of last year’s races but was later present at day five with her racing manager John Warren and inspected her four horses in the Parade Ring after they crossed the finish line.

The Queen is a passionate horse breeder and has a number of runners scheduled to be entered at Royal Ascot this week. 

But while the monarch will not be in the royal box today, racegoers are likely to see Charles, Camilla and Mr Phillips amongst other royals in there.

Yesterday, the Queen was pictured with Charles and Camilla to mark the Order of the Garter service – with the monarch dressed in a silver white gown and her blue Garter sash and holding a walking stick.

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THE OFFICIAL ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE 2022 

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE 

LADIES  

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire's Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire’s Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000 

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent.

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent. 

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. 
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered. 
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.
  • Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses. 
  • Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted. 

GIRLS

  • Girls (aged 10-17) should dress in accordance with the Ladies’ Dress Code. However, they may wear a headpiece or fascinator as an alternative to a hat, without any size restriction. 

 GENTLEMEN

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85 

It is a requirement to wear black, grey or navy morning dress which must include: 

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats or bow ties)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes worn with socks

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a Private Box, a private club or a facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. 

Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Gardens.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure

Novelty waistcoats and ties are not permitted. Discreet patterns and those of a patriotic nature (for example, a national flag) are acceptable.

BOYS

  • Boys (aged 10-17) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s Dress Code; or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted on site.

QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE  

LADIES 

Pictured: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875

Pictured: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875. Pictured right: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. 
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149 

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry's £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry’s £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Gentlemen’s Dress Code Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length suit with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following: Jackets and trousers should be of matching colour and pattern. 

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Bow ties and cravats are not permitted.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle. Jeans, chinos and trainers are not permitted. 

BOYS

  • Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

VILLAGE ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050

Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050. Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750 

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Village Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length, and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted

Please note, the Village Enclosure is a grassed area and ladies should consider their hat size and shoes accordingly. Smaller hats or fascinators and wedges or block heels are recommended in place of large headwear or stilettos.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested.
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be work but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59 

Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length trousers and jacket with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Ties, bow ties or cravats can be worn in the Village Enclosure.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.
  • Jeans and trainers are not permitted.

BOYS 

Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

WINDSOR ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99 

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Ladies are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator.

GENTLEMEN

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Gentlemen are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that Gentlemen wear a jacket, collared shirt and full-length trousers.

 

 

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