22 June 2017
Royal Ascot 2017
There are many peculiarities that make England—and English people—so different from all the other countries in the world, from its constitutional monarchy and the ever-stronger GBP to the drive on the right, from its classic tea time to the establishment of its accent as the unique most desirable and sexy one between all the English-speaking countries. Yet there is no such typical English thing like horse races. You can’t possibly aspire to be socially accepted if you don’t show a passion for horses, or a willing to participate in all the most important races and be seen and taken in picture there with the proper dress-code. The proper dress-code always involves a hat and generally tweed. You can only reach the top though when you get invited to Ascot in the Royal Enclosure (which is the Queen’s area, which explains that he who invites you must be somewhat known and useful to England). As a lady you are required of far more than a "normal" horse race, might it be as important as the Gold Cup in Cheltenham:
- The hat must be fancy-pants (e.g. english typical expression for superior or high-class in a pretentious way). There are hat farms where you can rent a hat just for this occasion—which is positive considering that a hat can cost up to 2,000 £ ;
- The dress must be not more than one inch above the knee;
- You need to know how to eat properly;
- You never touch your mouth with your towel;
- You don’t cheer touching the glasses;
- You don’t sit close to your husband (in the badges Mrs is followed by the husband’s name);
- You must eat and drink all, and by drinking literally I mean that you are more than allowed to be tipsy as long as you don’t show it.
Bets work the same way as in the other horse races, which mean that I have the benefit of keeping myself out as I am a terrible gambler, explaining that since I won the lottery when I met my fiancée my luck in games has decreased considerably while his has raised to be able to maintain me…
Yesterday it was terribly hot and waking up at 6am to be picked up by the driver and be taken back the same way (6 hours in the car) with all the hours in between repeating the gospel of good manner and socialisation indeed was work, especially for an Italian! Even if I have an innate taste and I could always pick the right outfits myself, England is so formal and different on this upper view that with my modesty sometimes I might feel like an alien.
But apparently I handle well a role in this society, and I am very proud of it. As I was told by my guest about spending the day n the Royal Enclosure, “this is the very best you can get.” Which in the country of royals, sirs, lords and ladies explains everything.
Accessories: pearls, Roles, Hermes clip bracelet, Cartier Love Bracelet White Gold