Tattooed women caused controversy at this year's Royal Ascot.
Photograph: Richard Young/Rex Features
So should females with tattoos be allowed or verboten at Ascot?
Should tramp stamps be on view, and their owners permitted to penetrate
the royal enclosure, that epicentre of social climbing during the
especially rainy midsummer period still wistfully called The Season?
As editor-in-chief of the Lady,
I would like to make my position on this important matter of etiquette
crystal-clear. A discreet tattoo on your ankle is OK and you are more
than welcome to trail around in your stilettos in the Berkshire mud for
as long as you like. After all, if Ascot turned away all women with
tattoos, Sam Cam wouldn't be allowed in the royal enclosure.
when it comes to dressy, regal, social occasions and women sporting wide
expanses of flesh inked with barenaked ladies and writhing octopi (as
one race goer did) – nooooo! We don't want to see your "body art" any
more than your thighs, thong or side-boobs. The dress code is there both
to protect others from the unsightly, and help you preserve your own
tattered shreds of dignity. The 2012 one demands that "midriffs should
be covered". So should tattoos. Expect to see this enshrined in the 2013