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Prince Charles and then-fiancee Lady Diana Spencer at Royal Ascot, 1981.
Prince Charles and then-fiancee Lady Diana Spencer at Royal Ascot, 1981.
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Henry Conway on snobbery

Conway discusses the attitudes towards dress at society events such as Henley and Ascot

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Jeremy Hackett on Ascot

How people need guidance on the rules of dress at high profile events

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Jeremy Hackett on Ascot fashion

A look into the world of how to dress up for the occasion

Ascot and Henley

Every June, Royal Ascot summons the fashion-conscious to Britain's most famous racecourse for a week of hats and horses. Long a grand social fixture for the country crowd, the style of Royal Ascot still conforms to a very strict dress code, and is one of the final outposts of the classic Sloane look. Likewise, Henley Royal Regatta - the rowing event held every year on the River Thames since 1839 - retains a rigid sense of formal elegance and sophistication. At both events, rules are not made to be broken.

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