While her sister-in-law and fellow Duchess, Kate Middleton, only attended her first Royal Ascot (an annual week-long celebration of horse races patronized by the Queen and other mega royals) in 2016 after five years of marriage (family obligations conflicted, per Hello! Magazine), the Duchess of Sussex made her debut just one month post nuptials.
And yes, all eyes were on the new royal sensation, excited to see what sartorials she would don for the special occasion.
Clearly a fan of Givenchy designer and creator of her wedding gown, Clare Waight Keller, Markle turned to the designer once again to mastermind something fabulous for the horsey festivities.
And she did: a thoroughly modern shirt dress with elegant floral embroidery (rapidly becoming a signature of the Duchess’s ) that was totally in keeping with Markle’s pared down casually elegant style.
The dress was accessorized with a thin black belt and simple pumps as well as whimsical monochromatic Philip Treacy hat, adding just the right dash of panache.
To say that Markle looked the part would be an understatement. She’s got this.