The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, is finally ready for a day at the races! After years in the royal family, the 34-year-old will make her long-awaited debut at Royal Ascot on Wednesday (June 15), rounding off a busy week of engagements. Kate will attend with her husband Prince William.
Kate was otherwise engaged as she joined Prince William to attend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland's Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle on Tuesday afternoon.
It has been a busy week for the Duchess, who was a prominent figure at the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations over the weekend – attending both Trooping the Colour and Sunday's Patron's Lunch on the Mall. Kate also stepped out in Windsor for the Order of the Garter ceremony on Monday, where she wowed in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat dress which she had previously worn on a royal tour of Canada in 2011.
With the news that she will be making her highly anticipated first appearance at Royal Ascot, talk has quickly turned to what Kate may wear, as race-goers are always dressed to impress.
Royal Ascot was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. The Queen is a dedicated supporter of the annual event and is constantly kept informed of the order and the development of the racing programme throughout the year.
She has owned 22 winning horses including Estimate, 2013's winner of the historic Gold Cup.
Attended by thousands of race-goers, each day of the five-day meeting commences with a Royal Procession, and the arrival of the Queen and the royal party in horse-drawn landau carriages is televised each year.