Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge are keen Racegoers and the dates of Royal Ascot are penned into their diaries in permanent ink every year.
‘ Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar,’ states the race-course’s web-site. Doesn’t it sound fun! And you get to look at the Queen too!
This year (as they do every year), the Nudges drove off in the Bentley in brilliant sunshine, down the M3 (through all the roadworks) with a picnic from Fortnum’s in the boot.
How scrumptious it looks!
There is a jolly strict dress code for the Royal Enclosure and Lord and Lady N always look terrifically smart.
The Dress Code for Royal Ascot:
Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include:
- A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
A black or grey top hat
A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
- Black shoes
(information courtesy of: www.ascot.co.uk)
Luckily Lord Eftie wouldn’t dream of pairing brown shoes with morning dress. Neither would he ever wear a customised top hat despite the charms of this one:
The dress code for women is also pretty draconian:
Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
Fascinators are no longer permitted.
- Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
Midriffs must be covered.
Lady Nudge is as correct a dresser as her husband. She is a firm believer in formal daywear and shudders at the idea of off the shoulder numbers before it’s time for evening cocktails. Needless to say, her midriff is always covered.
Yours trying (and failing) to picture Lady Nudge in a dress which is
- a) strapless,
- b) off the shoulder, or
- c) a halter neck
and which shows off her midriff at the same time…
What do you reckon? Imaginable?