Meghan Markle leads Royals at Ascot

Carla Harmon
June 20, 2018

Harry and Meghan will also present the winning trophy for the St James's Palace Stakes later in the day.

While all eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their one-month anniversary at the Royal Ascot on Tuesday, royal fans might have missed the Queen's reaction to seeing the happy couple!

The Princess Royal and Duke of York joined their mother in the lead carriage and were followed by another carrying the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Meghan wore an elegant white shirt dress from Givenchy, the fashion house that designed her wedding gown, which had a trendy handkerchief hem.

A time-honored tradition since 1768, Royal Ascot is as well known for the sartorial splendor of its attendees as it is for its horse-racing.

However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children were absent. She finished off the look with a black-and-white hat from Philip Treacy and black heels.

The Royal Ascot adheres to a strict dress code, requiring ladies to wear "dresses and skirts of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer" with "straps of one inch or greater".

Meghan carried out her first official solo engagement alongside the Queen last week where they opened a new toll bridge in the northwest United Kingdom county of Cheshire.

If you're waiting to see what Duchess Kate wore, don't hold your breath: Prince William had a conflicting event in Liverpool, so they skipped this year.

Meghan and Harry will take part in the popular carriage procession that - with the Queen at its head - signals the start of each day of the event. But despite the closeness in proximity, choosing Ireland for their first tour overseas as a married couple is actually quite a big deal.

On Monday morning, Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle Snr, gave his first interview since the royal wedding on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Our own royal family were on hand for the races, too, with HRH Princess Haya wearing icy blue.

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