Flashback Friday: You Have To See These Beautiful Retro Ascot Pictures

13 June 2014 by

Next week a little thing called the Royal Ascot takes place and of course yours truly, Grazia Daily, will be running a live commentary on our all-time favourite sport - the ever so competitive hat watching. But before we school you on the top trends this year, let's have a little history lesson and see how Ascot fashions have changed, shall we?

Marie Helvin and Jerry Hall in 1982 [Getty]

The Royal Ascot is so much more than an event, but a national treasure. It is now over 300 years old - it was started in 1711 when Queen Anne organised the day of sport. Just think how many hats have graced the racecourse in that time.

We have trawled through the archives to find some of the most fabulous retro snaps of parasol-carrying, glove-wearing Ascot goers from the good 'ol days. You won't spot a Full English fascinator in these black and white pictures, as the looks are all very elegant with women in full tulle skirts, gloves and ladylike handbags.

Grace of Monaco at the Royal Ascot [Getty]

You'll spot a few royal faces when clicking through the gallery - each year you'll spot the Queen grinning at the races. She first went to Ascot in 1945 and has attended every year since. That's 69 years of outfits. Princess Diana was a regular Ascot attendee and Princess Eugenie and Beatrice are often spotted in the Royal Enclosure.

Take a look through the gallery above to see Ascot through the ages...


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