Kate Middleton's Day at Royal Ascot: Princess Enjoys Playful Moments with Celebrities and Royal Relatives
She even shared a cheeky tap on her husband's bottom during a playful moment.
Radiating elegance in a scarlet Alexander McQueen dress, the 41-year-old princess engaged in some public display of affection with her husband, who also celebrated his 41st birthday earlier in the week, at the Berkshire racecourse.
In addition to bonding with her royal relatives, including the Duchess of Edinburgh, 58, Kate had conversations with renowned figures like Dame Judi Dench. The Prince and Princess of Wales made a grand entrance at the racecourse, with Kate captivating onlookers in her McQueen frock. The dress featured a plunging yet tasteful neckline, statement shoulders, and an A-line silhouette. She complemented the ensemble with a matching Philip Treacy hat.
With her hair styled in a sleek bun, the mother of three accessorized with stunning statement gold earrings from Sézane, previously worn on another occasion. Completing her look, she carried a red clutch bag from Hermes and donned red suede pumps.
Joining Prince and Princess William in the second carriage of the royal procession were Princess Beatrice, 34, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 39. The quartet followed King Charles and Queen Camilla, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Kate opted for a scarlet dress, deviating from her previous Ascot appearances that featured pastel colors in more muted tones. As the races began, the princess was spotted perusing the day's programs, alongside William, in search of winning tips.
Captured in the royal box, Kate engaged in an animated conversation with Dame Judi Dench, who looked stunning in a pale pink dress. The princess shared sweet moments with her royal relative, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, as they laughed together while observing the races. Kate also gave Sophie a thumbs-up gesture to celebrate her victory on the horse she had supported.
After joining Prince and Princess Michael of Kent in the carriage procession, Kate's niece-in-law, Sophie, dressed in a pastel pink dress with a matching tulle fascinator, celebrated her horse's victory. With a betting slip in hand, Sophie cheered and pumped her fist in celebration while Kate expressed her joy with a thumbs-up gesture.
This marks the first attendance of William and Kate at the event since the passing of Queen Elizabeth in September. The late queen was often regarded as Royal Ascot's "biggest fan" and had attended almost every festival throughout her 70-year reign, except for last year due to mobility issues.
As the king has a horse racing today, he shed tears of joy yesterday when he secured his first-ever Ascot win. Witnessing their horse, Desert Hero, triumph in the King George V race from the royal box after two previous losses, the royal couple was overwhelmed with emotions.
Throughout the week, other members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, and Mike and Zara Tindall, have been spotted enjoying the races. Yesterday, the king's cousins, Earl Snowdon and Sarah Chatto, also participated in the royal procession.