Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Ascot Debut

Prince William and Kate Middleton made their first appearance as the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Royal Ascot on Friday, joining the annual series of races attended by the royal family and hundreds of thousands of other visitors. While the couple has been to the races before, this was their inaugural attendance with their new titles.

As part of the tradition, certain members of the royal family participate in a special procession held at 2 o’clock each afternoon throughout the week. This week, King Charles and Queen Camilla led the procession on multiple days.

For their debut, Prince William looked dapper in a black coat, light blue waistcoat, blue shirt with a white collar, and a blue and maroon patterned tie. He added a top hat to his ensemble during the procession, which he later removed upon arriving at the racecourse.

Kate donned a daring red Alexander McQueen dress with puffed sleeves, complemented by a matching red hat designed by Phillip Treacy. The couple looked impeccable.

Order of the Garter Service

Another notable appearance of the week was the Order of the Garter service, a first for Prince William as the direct heir to the throne. The order, established by King Edward III, is a centuries-old institution honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to public office or national life.

During the service, Prince William joined the procession on horseback, wearing the traditional adornments he previously wore to Charles’ coronation.

Trooping the Colour

The family also attended the Trooping the Colour, the official birthday celebration of Britain’s reigning monarch. Prince William, along with Prince Edward and Princess Anne, rode on horseback behind King Charles, while Kate and Camilla followed in a carriage. Notably, this was the first time a reigning monarch had ridden horseback in the ceremony since Queen Elizabeth in 1986.

Overall, it has been a week of firsts for Prince William and Kate Middleton as they navigate their new roles within the royal family.

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