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Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Tails and Toppers at Royal Ascot

Proper Toppers may be a thing of the past, but at the Royal Ascot races they are de rigeur. Read Royal Ascot: gentlemen prefer toppers

Insight%20jun08%20gallery%20ascot1%20largeThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall ride down the racecourse at the start of this year's Royal Ascot, 17th-21st June 2008. Royal Ascot is the high fashion event in the summer social calendar, steeped in history, tradition, heritage and pageantry dating back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne.

The jewel in Ascot’s crown, Royal Ascot attracts over 300,000 racegoers each year, to view the splendour and colour of five days of the finest racing, fashion and glamour. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle, and owned by the Crown Estate.


Lord Best said...

I am happy to say I am the proud owner of a real topper, c1900, original hatbox, pristine condition, the real deal. Fits perfectly. Lacking the morning suit to go with it, but one thing at a time.

Anonymous said...

'De rigeur,' m'lud?

Aren't there proper British words to express that thought? By jingo, I thought this was a British Imperial anti-EU blog?

Oh right...Canadians run it, so I guess there's no helping the occasional Quebec-tremor.

C'est dommage, mes amis!