Ascot revelers looked a little worse as the first day of the race festival concluded last night – when for some the party was just getting started.
Racegoers dressed in all their finery were spotted stocking up on evening snacks, taking some time off with a cigarette and laying out on the sidewalk for a bit.
However, for some, the party seemed to go on all night when they were spotted having drinks as the sun set on Berkshire Racecourse.
Some well-dressed ladies among the classy guests were spotted bending down on the curb to take off their heels and put on their flats before making the journey home.
And for one reveler, the walk back home was a bit too much to bear — so her sturdy boyfriend slung her over his shoulders instead.
A long day comes to an end: this young woman, who may not have been able to cope with the journey home barefoot, was carried off the racecourse on the first day of Royal Ascot
The exhausted revelers headed home after an exciting first day of Royal Ascot 2023, where race-goers put their best feet forward in stunning outfits to enjoy the day.
And the festival took on a royal touch as members of the royal family arrived and joined a procession in King Charles’ first as monarch.
Members of the royal family spotted at Berkshire Racecourse included race-crazed Princess Anne and Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and King Charles and Queen Camilla.
As part of this year’s festival, organizers paid tribute to Ascot’s ‘biggest fan’, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last September.
After developing a love and passion for horse racing during her 70-year reign, the late monarch has missed just one Royal Ascot event in seven decades, and that was last year.
This young woman, who had taken off her heels at the end of the day, seemed somewhat overwhelmed by the day’s festivities
stock up! This gentleman, who had added a nice fascinator to his outfit at one point in the day, thought ahead on his way home and picked up some chips for the road
Dressed in a stylish white ruffled fascinator, this young reveler took a last sip from a bottle of what appeared to be tonic water
Just a little pit stop… this reveler lay down on the sidewalk and took off her headband while enjoying a cigarette
Home time! These stylish revelers still looked glamorous as they left the racecourse on their way home, even though the boys’ ties had come undone
This woman was resting on the curb sitting on her zebra-print flats, her discarded heels lying beside her
This woman, wearing a chic pink midi dress with a ruffled hem and fashionable mules, looked exhausted as she left the course
A beautiful moment was captured as two revelers put their arms around each other and went home
One more round please! This racegoer gestured to her empty glass, perhaps suggesting she wanted another one, as the sun set on the first day of the races
Drink up! This reveler finished her mini bottle of prosecco as the fun and festivities of the first day came to an end
This year, Royal Ascot paid tribute by renaming a race in honor of the late Queen. The Platinum Jubilee Stakes, a six furlong sprint run on the Saturday of Ascot’s five-day meeting, will henceforth be known as the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.
Queen Elizabeth II had a total of 24 winners, being an avid racehorse owner, with her last win via Tactical in the Windsor Castle Stakes three years ago.
Choir Boy raced home as her first ever winner at the 1953 Royal Hunt Cup, which took place the same week of the late Her Majesty’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.