Queen Elizabeth is enforcing a strict dress code for this year’s Royal Ascot horse racing meeting.
The queen has decided to “impose her will” by demanding “inappropriate” and revealing outfits be banned in the Royal Enclosure at the famous Berkshire sporting event, which runs from June 17 to June 21.
A royal source revealed: “Ascot has been overrun with tattoos, inappropriate attire and bare flesh in recent years.
“The queen has noticed these things and she doesn’t like them. She knows it is something that goes on across the country, but Ascot is her course and she can impose her will there.”
Later this month, racecourse chairman and Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, the Duke of Devonshire, will send all 80,000 Royal Enclosure badge holders a strict dress code.
Rules will include an insistence that ladies wear a hat or “substantial fascinator” – meaning a feathered adornment.
Miniskirts and off-the-shoulder dresses will be considered “unsuitable”, as will dresses with straps “less than one-inch wide”.
The duke said: “Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.”
Course spokesman Nick Smith added to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper: “There won’t be someone in a bowler hat checking straps with a tape measure. It is common sense. Ladies who turn up with bare shoulders will be sold pashminas before they can enter the Royal Enclosure.
“Standards had also been slipping in the general enclosure and men will be required to wear a shirt and tie. Jeans, no matter how expensive, will not be allowed.”