Hats off to the 2019 Royal Ascot for making an inclusive change to the event’s fashion rules!
Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen’s hat maker, recently opened up about one of the most anticipated royal events of the year, and said attendees can now choose to dress according to the gender dress code with which they identify. This means we could see many more women in top hats this year.
“Everyone makes a wonderful effort, and it’s just fantastic,” she gushed to People. “Some people get a bit [worked] up about the rules, because there are strict rules at Ascot, but I think that’s really what makes it what it is... I think it’s pretty cool, and it’s a clever way of moving things on without taking away the formality.”
The have always bene a very stringent set of rules Royal Ascot attendees must follow. Women were meant to wear a dress or skirt “of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.” Dress and tops must have straps that are at least an inch wide, and fascinators aren’t allowed – in fact, headpieces and hats must have “a solid base of 4 inches or more.” Jumpsuits and trousers are allowed, too, so long as they hang past the knee.
So far, the monarch has gone with two different shades of blue for the first two days of Ascot. Both hats, crafted by Rachel, boasted large floral arrangements on top and wide brims to shield her face from the sun. She also wore a hat by the designer during a visit with US President Donald Trump during his UK state visit.
“Sometimes she wears something that we have seen before, which is very nice and a great compliment,” she explained. “Everyone gets so excited about seeing her and seeing what she is wearing.”
It’s a sign of the times, and the Queen seems to be totally on board. Her Majesty has attended the five-day races since 1962, and always wears one of the most buzz-worthy outfits – especially when it comes to her incredible hats.