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Stylish racegoers were going all out on the final day of Cheltenham today as they donned daring hemlines for the Gold Cup afternoon alongside VIPs like Jodie Kidd and Pixie Lott.
Checks and tartan clashing fabrics were the theme of the day, with glamorous guests channelling country chic as they attended Gold Cup Day, where the ‘cream of the crop’ race each other, in style, before getting merry as festivities came to a close in the afternoon.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, 40, was also in attendance today, donning a gorgeous raspberry coat with a matching fascinator for the occasion. Her mother, Princess Anne joined her, wearing a brown tonal outfit with a cream hat.
Meanwhile other celebrities enjoying the day out in the spring sunshine included model Rosie Tapner, Jade Holland Cooper and Pixie.
This year’s festival marks the first time Cheltenham has welcomed punters since 2020, after the pandemic forced organisers to hold last year’s event behind closed doors.
Stylish racegoers were turning heads in their country chic today as they arrived for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival alongside VIPS like Carol Vorderman
Model Jodie Kidd was in high spirits as she joined a group of friends at the event at the race course earlier today
Pixie Lott and Jade Holland-Cooper were in attendance and enjoying lapping up the sunshine earlier today
Many racegoers took advantage of the burst of spring weather in Cheltenham by donning mini dresses with sky high hemlines (pictured)
While many opted for country chic for the fourth day of the event, others donned their brightest finery, with pops of red, pink and vibrant blue on show (pictured)
Carol Vorderman lead the stylish racegoers turning heads in their country chic today as they arrived for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival (left). The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall was also in attendance at the event today, donning a gorgeous raspberry coat with a matching fascinator for the occasion (right)
Look regal in raspberry like Zara wearing The Pretty Dress Company
Another day at the Cheltenham Festival, and another very elegant ensemble for Zara Tindall!
It’s Gold Cup day, and this coat has got to be our favourite that she’s worn so far. Isn’t the raspberry pink colour lovely? It’s by The Pretty Dress Company, and she teamed it with an Aspinal ‘Letterbox’ bag, a beret by Bee Smith Millinery, Laurence Coste earrings and a pair of Dune boots.
The tie waist belt and fold over funnel neckline is super flattering, so whilst this exact coat isn’t up grabs, click through to snap up something similar for your own spring wardrobe.
Alternatively, Pretty Kitty, Monsoon and La Redoute have got some marvellous magenta lookalikes.
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Horseracing fans were celebrating the return to Cheltenham Racecourse in style today as the fourth – and final – day of the annual event kicked off (pictured left and right)
Princess Anne was in attendance at the event today, donning a brown tonal outfit with a cream hat for the occasion (pictured)
This year’s festival marks the first time Cheltenham has welcomed punters since 2020, after the pandemic forced organisers to hold last year’s event behind closed doors
Racegoers opted for distinctive head pieces as they arrived for the final day of the event in Cheltenham
Jade Holland-Cooper posed for snaps alongside her husband Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton and close friend Pixie Lott, as well as her boyfriend Oliver Cheshire
Jade opted for a stunning tan ensemble for the occasion while Pixie Lott donned a black-and-white checked shirt dress (pictured together)
Country chic! Several racegoers opted for tweed ensembles and flat caps for the day out at the races in Cheltenham
The racing event was accused of being a super-spreader event after it was one of the last major sporting fixtures to be held with spectators in March 2020
The racing event was accused of being a super-spreader event after it was one of the last major sporting fixtures to be held with spectators in March 2020.
High profile guests including Andrew Parker Bowles, comedian Lee Mack and footballer Charlie Austin all contracted the virus after attending that year’s spectacle.
However, this hasn’t stopped racing enthusiasts from descending on the Gloucestershire course this year, with up to 250,000 people expected to attend over the course of four days.
Among them, several famous faces have been spotted, as well as rocker Rod Stewart, 77, and his wife Penny Lancaster, 51 as well as members of the Royal Family.
A Plus Tard ridden by Rachael Blackmore after winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
Crowds gathered in a desperate attempt to get a snap of Rachael as she rode through Cheltenham following her win this afternoon
The jockey stood on her horse triumphantly as crowds cheered after her victory at the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (pictured left and right)
However, one royal face is missing: the Duchess of Cornwall was forced to cancel her planned visit – the second time she has missed an event this week.
Camilla has recently recovered from a bout of Covid but has been left with a slight cough and it is understood she is pacing herself after her illness.
The duchess was due to spend the day at the races and present the trophy to the winning owner, jockey and trainer of the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.
On Tuesday she visited the Irish Cultural Centre in west London with the Prince of Wales ahead of St Patrick’s Day – but she cancelled an appearance at an evening event on Monday, when she was due to meet High Commissioners and Commonwealth Secretariat staff with Charles.
A general view of racegoers during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
Crowds were packed into the racecourse to watch jockey Rachael Blackmore win the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during day four of the Cheltenham Festival
After winning the jockey threw her hands into the hair enthusiastically and seemed overwhelmed with happiness (pictured)
They both attended the Commonwealth Day service earlier in the day.
Clarence House confirmed the duchess would not be attending the Cheltenham Festival but declined to comment further.
Last week, the duchess revealed she has been left with a slight cough in the aftermath of the virus.
When she met a group of record-breaking charity rowers at Clarence House, she told them: ‘Well, it’s taken me three weeks and I still can’t get shot of it. Probably my voice might suddenly go and I might start coughing and spluttering.’
Cheltenham was one of the last major sporting events to be held with spectators before the Covid lockdown in March 2020.
With the country under tight Covid restrictions, last year’s event was held behind closed doors.
Pixie Lott and her boyfriend Oliver Cheshire were snapped enjoying the sunshine at the racecourse earlier today
Pixie, who opted for a very vibrant green nail polish on her finger tips, could be seen sipping on what appeared to be a G&T
The group were in high spirits at the racecourse as they enjoyed the view while Pixie took snaps of the big day out
The group were joined by Ollie Locke’s husband Gareth at the event, who could be seen cheering enthusiastically at the action on the course
Pixie, Jade, Oliver and Gareth were beaming as they enjoyed drinks and chatted in the beaming spring sunshine at the racecourse earlier today
Jade and her husband, Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, shared a rare moment of PDA as they enjoyed the day out with friends
And so there has been much anticipation for this year’s four-day festival – the first to be held in front of fans in two years.
The festival, first run in 1860, has grown to become the biggest four days of the jumps season.
Held at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, the event regularly welcomes more than 250,000 people each year.
It features a series of ‘Championship’ races, which decide who are the best horses of the year.
Monochrome magic! The Queen’s granddaughter was stunning in a raspberry pink coat for her fourth day at Cheltenham this week
The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne looked elegant in a tonal outfit as she arrived at the racecourse earlier this morning for the day out
It’s time to pop the bubbly! Revellers were ready to party as they drank bottles of Moet at the event this morning (pictured)
High hemlines and sky-high heels! Many attendees dove into their summer wardrobe on the sunny morning as they arrived at the racecourse
Racegoers including Made in Chelsea’s Sophie Hermann (pictured right) opted for bold blue and red tartan outfits for the festivities at Cheltenham
Jade Holland Cooper appeared overjoyed to be attending the races today, chatting with footballer John Terry as they arrived at the racecourse
AJ Pritchard and his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen were in high spirits as they arrived in the spring sunshine for the day at the races earlier (pictured left and right)
Checks and tartan clashing fabrics were the theme of the day, with Toni Terry going all out with her bold red look for the occasion (pictured)
The main races are the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, the Champion Chase on Wednesday, Thursday’s Stayers’ Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.
Despite rising Covid cases in March 2020, and calls to cancel the festival, the event was given to the green-light to go-ahead.
At the time Italy was already in lockdown, while mass gatherings were banned in England three days later.
More than 60,000 fans a day were packed into the stands, bars, toilets and queues for the food vans with little protection apart from some hand sanitiser stations dotted around the racetrack.
While many showed off their country chic outfits, presenter Francesca Cumani opted for a deep purple outfit for the outing today
Checks, tartan clashing fabrics and 90s inspired ensembles were the theme of the day, with glamorous guests channelling country chic
The TV personality opted for a stylish pheasant style head piece alongside a tan and khaki outfit for the outing in Cheltenham today
Groups of racegoers appeared overjoyed to be returning to the racecourse, and posed for snaps in the spring sunshine (pictured)
Cheltenham was one of the last major sporting events to be held with spectators before the Covid lockdown in March 2020
Meanwhile, one fan claimed fans were ‘packed in like sardines’ during the four day festival.
While organisers stressed the event followed guidelines at the time, the festival came in for criticism, including from Sir David King, the government’s chief scientific adviser from 2000 to 2007, who said it was ‘the best possible way to accelerate the spread of the virus’.
A report by MPs later linked 41 Covid deaths to Cheltenham, and a further 37 to the decision to stage Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid in March 2020.
MPs said that it was not clear if the deaths were a direct result of being at the events themselves, or whether they came from associated activities like travelling or people congregating in pubs.