The Queen should plump for a purple hat at tomorrow’s Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day if she wants to see her horse Peacock in the winner’s enclosure, after a sartorial study of Her Majesty’s Ascot outfits revealed this to be her lucky colour.
Sky Bet traced the last 15 years of royal attire worn at the summer’s premier racing and fashion event to unlock secrets of the Queen’s fashion favourites.
And it was purple that emerged as Her Majesty’s lucky shade. Not only does it feature on the Queen’s racing silks, but her two most high profile Royal Ascot victories – both thanks to her mare Estimate – came on days she wore full lilac and lavender outfits to the Berkshire course, including the 2012 Gold Cup.
Incidentally she wore blue when Estimate finished a gallant second in last year’s renewal of the Gold Cup.
The Queen’s best chance of notching a 23rd Royal Ascot winner comes tomorrow in the form of her three-year-old colt Peacock in the Tercentenary Stakes so it would be no surprise to see the Queen once again reaching for the lucky purple on Thursday.
Her Majesty has dressed true to form on the first two days of Ascot this year so far, wearing pink and blue which have accounted for 53% of her outfits since 2000.
Her Majesty’s Royal Ascot colours since the year 2000:
- Blue (33% of outfits)
- Green (21%)
- Pink (20%)
- White (16%)
- Yellow (11%)
- Brown (2%)
- Cream (2%)
- Orange (1%)
For many of the 300,000 racegoers attending Royal Ascot, picking a winner will all come down to the colour of the jockeys’ silks. With Royal Ascot now in full swing, SkyBet has created the Lucky Colour Generator, an interactive guide to one’s lucky colour, available here.
Colour expert, Bernay Laity, commented: “Purple is the ‘regal’ colour. Historically because until the advent of chemical dyes, it was a very rare dye to obtain and so only the wealthy could afford it. It communicates ‘purpose’ and power, also spirituality and attainment.
“This could be something that’s perhaps the Queen’s own personal tradition, or habitual ‘lucky charm’. Certainly the Queen is very in tune with the palette of colours which favour her best – light, soft, bluish tones. We will often gravitate towards those colours in which we feel the most comfortable and ourselves.
“I think the Queen possibly favours pink tones over red tones as a personal preference anyway. Many red tones would not suit her.”