All eyes were supposed to be on the action on the track – but it’s the style stakes that truly caught our attention. Royal Ascot has just drawn to a close for another year, and has provided plenty of racing-ready ensembles to inspire our summer wedding dressing. However, we’re taking particular style notes from HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, who wowed in a trio of elegant outfits during her multiple appearances at the prestigious British racing event. The royal, who was routinely joined by daughter Sheikha Al Jalila and husband HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, first donned an ice-blue midi dress for day one of Royal Ascot.
Teaming the number with a floral, cream hat (and giggling son Sheikh Zayed), HRH perfectly hit the sartorial sweet spot between regal and event-appropriate, yet still wearable. On Thursday, Princess Haya wore a textured cream bouclé dress with structured collar and elbow-grazing sleeves. HRH paired the demure dress with a matching headpiece featuring a vintage-inspired net veil, imbuing the overall effect with added grace. Sheikh Al Jalila complemented her mother in a soft pink dress with a pleated skirt, while HH Sheikh Mohammed sported the traditional top hat and tails.
For her third appearance at Ascot, Princess Haya modeled a floral printed midi, with contemporary capped sleeves and high neck. With an intricate headpiece and fluted hemline, the combination effortlessly fused tradition and trend. HRH, joined by Sheikha Al Jalila in a statement red dress and matching headband, wore the number to collect a trophy for Godolphin’s Old Persian, which was crowned winner of the King Edward VII Stakes.
Royal Ascot is one of Britain’s most famed social events, this year drawing attendees such as HM Queen Elizabeth II and the new Duchess of Sussex. The 2018 edition saw Godolphin, the Dubai-based stables of HH Sheikh Mohammed, also win the King’s Stand Stakes, while HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum‘s horse Eqtidaar claimed the 1200-metre Commonwealth Cup. The family can often be spotted at a British racetrack or two, having already attended the Epsom Derby and Newmarket this year.