There’s a Reason Princess Anne Sat in the Back of the Carriage at Royal Ascot

This week, the royal family stepped out for Britain’s most popular horse racing event: the 2022 Royal Ascot. Although they attend the race every year, we never noticed the hidden meaning behind their grand entrance…until now.

During the procession, the family was escorted across the lawn via horse-drawn carriage. If you noticed that the forward-facing seats are usually occupied by noteworthy royals—like Camilla Parker Bowles and Princess Anne—you should know there are not one, but two reasons for the strategic location.

As Hello! magazine points out, they’re purposely placed in the back seats because they 1. offer the best view of the crowds and 2. allow for photographers to easily capture photos.

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The prime positions are typically given to women, but there are exceptions. For example, Prince Charles sat in one of the front-facing seats. However, his placement shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, especially since Queen Elizabeth already named him as her successor.

royal family carriage seats

Prince Charles rode in the carriage with his wife and Peter Phillips. The second one was occupied by two under-the-radar couples, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. In the last carriage, Princess Anne was joined by Zara and Mike Tindall.

Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend the 2022 Royal Ascot due to mobility issues. If she did, she and her immediate family would be given the forward carriage seats.

The unobstructed photos speak for themselves.

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