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Hats off to her! Zara wears stunning grey hat for the first day of Cheltenham Festival

March 13, 2012   ·   0 Comments

Hats off to her! Zara swaps riding hat for elegant pillbox as she attends first day of Cheltenham Festival

By Deborah Arthurs

10:28 EST, 13 March 2012

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13:08 EST, 13 March 2012

She is a fine horsewoman herself, having last week taken the title at the Tweseldown Horse Trials. But today Zara Phillips was very much off-duty as she attended the Cheltenham Festival wearing a sophisticated Forties-inspired outfit.

Swapping her riding hat for a much more elegant grey pillbox by milliner Jane Taylor, the Queen’s granddaughter joined fellow National Hunt fans for the first day of racing at the Gloucestershire course.

She wrapped up against the crisp March air in a charcoal grey faux fur-trimmed coat cinched in the middle with a wide belt, which she accessorised with a snakeskin clutch bag and simple black courts.

Hats off to her! Zara chose a stunning grey hat for the first day of the Cheltenham races today

Hats off to her! Zara chose a stunning grey hat for the first day of the Cheltenham races today

Hats off to her! Zara chose a stunning grey hat for the first day of the Cheltenham races today

ara was joined by husband Mike Tindall, whom she married in a ceremony in Scotland last July

I beg your pardon? Zara was joined by husband Mike Tindall, whom she married in a ceremony in Scotland last July – though judging by Zara’s expression, Mike may have been saying something of which she didn’t entirely approve

Mr and Mrs Tindall: Zara was joined by husband Mike, whom she married in a ceremony in Scotland last July

Intruiging: What was the word forming on Mike’s lips that earned him a hard stare from his wife?

Sculptural: The grey felted wool hat was decorated with a handmade bloom

Sculptural: The grey felted wool hat was decorated with a handmade bloom

Sculptural: The grey felted wool hat was decorated with a handmade bloom

Zara, who rode to victory a new horse, Silver Lining as well as competing on a second, Black Tuxedo, in the Tweseldown trials after having retired her trusty steed Toytown late last year, was joined at today’s meet by her husband Mike Tindall, whom she married in July last year.

 

Zara was one of 50,000 fans who gathered to take in the first of four days of racing this afternoon.

Elsewhere, other celebrity guests at the course included Ronnie Corbett, TV presenter Dermot O’Leary and TV chatshow host Jeremy Kyle, who attended with his wife Cara.

The winner of the first race was Cinders and Ashes, ridden by jockey Jason Maguire.

On duty: Zara competed on her horse Black Tuxedo at last week's Tweseldown Horse Trials, and also rode to victory on Silver Lining at the same meet

On duty: Zara competed on her horse Black Tuxedo at last week’s Tweseldown Horse Trials, and also rode to victory on Silver Lining at the same meet

National Hunt fans: Ronnie Corbett, left, and Dermot O'Leary, right, study the form ahead of the day's racing

National Hunt fans: Ronnie Corbett, left, and Dermot O'Leary, right, plan their bets ahead of the day's racing

National Hunt fans: Ronnie Corbett, left, and Dermot O’Leary, right, study the form ahead of the day’s racing

That's some plumage! A racegoer opts for a flamboyant hat decorated with an extraordinarily long feather

That’s some plumage! A racegoer opts for a flamboyant hat decorated with an extraordinarily long feather

And they're off! The runners and riders round the last bend in the first race this of the day, the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle

And they’re off! The runners and riders round the last bend in the first race this of the day, the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, won by horse Cinders and Ashes, ridden by jockey Jason Maguire

Got any tips? Racegoers plan their bets at the Gloucestershire course today

Got any tips? Racegoers plan their bets at the Gloucestershire course today

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