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Duchess Sophie steals the spotlight on day three of Royal Ascot in silk wildflower dress

The Duchess of Edinburgh was the definition of summer in her silky 'Trixie' dress


Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh smiles as she attends day three of Royal Ascot 2024 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. © Chris Jackson
Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
Updated: June 21, 2024
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The Duchess of Edinburgh once again reigned supreme in the style stakes as she joined her royal family members at day three of Royal Ascot on Thursday.

Sophie, 59, was summer personified in an ethereal dress by Suzannah London. With a smart collar, full-length skirt and all-over wildflower motifs, the wife of Prince Edward stood out amongst the raceday revellers in her ultra-flattering ensemble. 

 Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh attends day three of Royal Ascot 2024© Getty
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh attends day three of Royal Ascot 2024

For those in the prestigious royal enclosure, the strict sartorial rules require all guests to don their most marvellous millinery. "Hats must be worn. However, a headpiece or hatinator with a minimum base diameter of 4 inches/10cm is acceptable," is the advice on the official website.

The mother-of-two adhered to Royal Ascot's strict dress code with the addition of a mauve hat crafted by Jane Taylor millinery, while also carrying a fuschia clutch bag from Sophie Habsburg.

Duchess of Edinburgh wearing floral shirt dress and pink hat© Getty
Sophie wore a floral shirt dress from Suzannah London and hat from Jane Taylor millinery

Amongst her new finery, the Duchess appeared to wear a pair of vintage pointed-toe mules believed to have been in her wardrobe for more than a decade, per Remoulade Sauce on X.

Queen Camilla and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh talk with each other as they attend day three of Royal Ascot 2024© Getty
Queen Camilla and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh brought glamour to the stands at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is considered to be the most glamorous occasion in the royal family's calendar. The Duchess of Edinburgh made an entrance onto the world-famous racecourse via a horse-drawn carriage, sharing her moment in the spotlight with her husband Prince Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Sophie and Edward's daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 20, is yet to make her Royal Ascot debut. After her head-turning appearance at Trooping the Colour, many royal fans wondered if the young royal, who is currently studying at St Andrews university, would finally join her family members at the prestigious race day. 

Lady Louise Windsor side profile in blue hat© Getty
Lady Louise Windsor during Trooping the Colour

Grant Harrold, former butler to King Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, recently revealed on Lord Ping's podcast that Ascot was considered to be the "Christmas" of the royal's social agenda. 

"The King definitely enjoys the horse racing and he attends all of the different events and we've seen him at lots of meetings. I still think the late Queen was more into that part of what she did, she loved horses," added Grant. 

"The King does as well, but it's slightly less. I don't think we'll see The King jumping up and down and running around the royal box when they have a winner, so it's slightly different."

Duchess Sophie's Ascot style

Prince Edward and Sophie walking hand in hand at Ascot© Getty
Duches Sophie rocked a bridal white lace look for day two

The Duchess of Edinburgh looked equally glamorous on day two of the racing event, which just happened to be her silver wedding anniversary to Prince Edward

She wowed in a bridal white Suzannah London dress boasting a high neckline, sheer sleeves, and an ankle-grazing skirt - perhaps a subtle nod to the special anniversary?

Duchess Sophie wearing pink floral dress on Garter Day© Getty
Sophie looked lovely in a pink floral number - which Princess Beatrice wore just 48 hours later

Princess Beatrice, meanwhile, surprised onlookers by donning the exact same dress Sophie had worn to attend the Garter Day celebrations on Monday

Hailing from popular brand Zimmerman, the 'Matchmaker Floral Linen and Silk Midi Dress' was adorned with huge blooms and cost around £1,300.  

Just 48 hours later, Princess Beatrice of York donned the same design to Royal Ascot, styling hers with a beautiful floral headband in soft blush pink.

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