Princess Beatrice has attended the first day of Royal Ascot alongside her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and wore a gorgeous floral dress, which had a handwritten name tag attached
Royal Ascot has kicked off – and among the royals having a day at the races is Princess Beatrice.
She arrived at the Berkshire race course with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and walked through the gates to the course with the other punters.
Beatrice chose a gorgeous summery floral dress for the occasion, which she teamed with an elegant hat, a sophisticated belt and a clutch bag bearing her initials BY – Beatrice York.
But some royal fans have noticed she was also wearing a name tag attached to her dress – as is customary at Royal Ascot, and this year it looked very different to the name she had on the badge in previous years.
Dave Benett/Getty Images for Roy)
This is because the badge read: “HRH Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi – reflecting she tied the knot with husband Edo in July 2020.
In previous years, Beatrice’s tag would have read: “HRH Princess Beatrice.” She didn’t attend the scaled-down Royal Ascot last year as she would have been heavily pregnant with her daughter Sienna.
However, one royal missing from Royal Ascot today is Beatrice’s grandmother, the Queen.
But she did pen a note for the official program, where she hailed the event as a “thrilling” experience for racegoers.
Love the royals? Sign up for the Mirror’s daily newsletter to get all the latest news on the Queen, Charles, Kate, Wills, Meghan, Harry and the rest of The Firm. Click here to sign up.
She wrote: “After the challenges of recent times, this year’s royal meeting provides a long-awaited opportunity for supporters of racing from all over the world to come together for five days of outstanding sport.
“Once again, it is thrilling that horses from around the globe have traveled to Royal Ascot to compete at the highest level.”
The Queen has more than 10 horses entered over the five days of the event and, with her Windsor Castle home just a 15-minute drive away, there is still some hope that she will attend during the week.
Her horse Reach For The Moon, which missed out on being entered for the Epsom Derby, is favorite with some bookies to win the Hampton Court Stakes on Thursday with jockey Frankie Dettori taking the reins.
However, the royal carriage procession still took place today with Prince Charles and Camilla leading the party of royals.
They rode in the first carriage alongside Charles’ nephew Peter Phillips – the son of Princess Anne.
They were followed by the Princess Royal and minor members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Royal Ascot is as much a social occasion as a sporting event and female racegoers wore summer dresses and flamboyant hats while the men sported top hats and tails or smart suits.