Victoria Pendleton launches Royal Ascot with a burst of colour

Victoria Pendleton showed off her racier side in an eye-popping pink hat adorned with orchids at Ascot Racecourse.The Olympian left her bike behind and arrived in a horse and carriage to launch Royal Ascot’s 2013 celebration of British style, The Colour and The Glory. She wore an outfit by two iconic English designers – her hat was by milliner Philip Treacy and her long-sleeved cream day dress by Emilia Wickstead.


Mr Treacy said: “Royal Ascot is iconic in the world of racing. It is the ultimate marriage of the sport of kings, style, elegance, hats and royalty.”

Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot, said: “We’d like to think that the campaign image for this year’s Royal Meeting perfectly captures the colour and excitement that makes it such a defining event in the British calendar.

“It is designed to merge the essential fashion element of Royal Ascot effortlessly with the image of the one of the stars of Royal Ascot 2012, Black Caviar, who could have run anywhere in the world after conquering Australia, but was aimed only for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

“Reflecting the quality and unique international nature of the racing at Royal Ascot together with fashion at the highest level was very much high on our minds when putting this image together.”


Royal Ascot will take place from June 18 to 22,