Royal Ascot is meant to be a classy affair. Or so I thought! It was Ladies Day at Royal Ascot yesterday which brought the customary unusual hats, spattering of celebrities and of course drunken brawls. Yes, you read that right, drunken brawls.
Other attendees looked on in horror as a fight broke out with one man wielding a champagne bottle and another basically using a table leg as a bat. Not quite what we imagined would be happening at Royal Ascot to say the least. It was something that I had always associated with prestige, celebrities and well-off, well-connected people. The strict dress code that has always been firmly enforced was one of the things that pointed towards these associations. However this year, there were tattoos on display left, right and centre. Men were ignoring the favoured top hat; women were plastered in fake tan and poured into tasteless, tacky dresses, not the dreamy images I had first associated with Royal Ascot. After being pulled apart by members of the military there were even several arrests. Lovely.
It is strange to think that just last year actress Roxanne Pallett was refused entry for her dress apparently being too short, even though to on-lookers and judging by pictures it was more than respectable. Looking at this year’s pictures, it is hard to say that the dress code is being enforced at all as it warns against the perils of over-done fake tan, visible tattoos and immodest attire yet all were easily spotted at the event. Even commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan commented on the decline in standards saying that “Sometimes the grandstands seem over-run by tattoos and bare flesh. It’s disrespectful – not just to the Queen, but to the horses.” Well said Sir! It wasn’t all bad though, check out some of these crazy hat designs that stayed true to what Royal Ascot is all about for some people:
Anyway, without letting these events tar the rest of the day, it was touching to see footballer Michael Owen’s tears of joy as the horse he bred and owns won the last race of the day, the King George V Stakes. It was nice to see that the horseracing and the Royal Ascot event still means a lot to some people, compared to the disregard for the event and its formality that had been shown by others earlier in the day.
Ah well, I will just have to hope that the remaining two days will bring the classiness back to Royal Ascot and the focus will not be on the drunken scraps of race goers, but back to some crazy hats, celeb attendees and of course last but not least the horse racing.
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