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Ascot, Emmerdale cricket, BBQs, fittings and Le Tour!!

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for reading my blog. It’s so lovely to hear your thoughts.

What a super busy couple of weeks!! Ascot, Emmerdale cricket, BBQs, fittings and Le Tour!!

Our trip to Ascot this year was absolutely fantastic! We always have a great time but this year was just brilliant as the sun was shining brightly and to top it off I had a winner in each race! I absolutely loved my outfit, the dress was a new design from our Enais Chapman label. I had some amazing comments from people and was interviewed by Martha Ward (Stylist and contributing editor for Vogue) on Ascot TV about it, who said I was “one of the best dressed of the whole week”. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled as Kate and I had designed it as part of a new line we are developing and so I felt very proud.

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Apart from its legendary glamour and style one of the other reasons I love Royal Ascot is that members of the Royal family attend the meeting throughout the week. Now anyone that knows me will tell you I’m a huge fan of our monarchy and in particular The Queen and so you can imagine how excited I was to see her look DIRECTLY at me as she made her way to the Royal box, only for Prince Philip to do exactly the same.

And just to show you I’m not making it up I have photographic evidence. Now yes I appreciate from my pictures it could be perhaps argued that although she is definitely looking in my direction, her gaze may not be solely upon me, however until the day I actually get to meet her properly I will continue to insist that she is indeed looking DIRECTLY at me. It turned out to be an extremely lucky day for me as I also managed to have a winner in every race! This may sound quite funny but I always bet by my grandmas rules. She is of Irish Liverpudlian descent and it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about horse racing, so much so that by the end of the day our other friends were asking me who I was backing as I kept winning. It’s a very simple method…..choose the Irish jockey with a blue jersey! Well it definitely always works for me.

 

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Next stop for me was the Emmerdale charity cricket match in Northwich in aid of St Luke’s hospice, The Joshua Tree and Halton Haven hospice. It was an absolutely fantastic day and again topped off by the fact the sun was shining. There’s obviously a running theme here, the quality of my days out seem to be determined by the appearance of the sun! Now normally I would say that I’m absolutely dreadful at cricket and am probably more of a joke addition as apposed to an actual valued member of the team, however on this occasion I didn’t do half bad. Ok my bowling was abysmal but I’d say my fielding (or catch, as I frequently refer to it) has definitely got better and as for my batting, well I even surprised myself. I managed to hit the ball a number of times and even scored quite a few runs, eventually retiring myself!! Now that is a first! I suppose it helped that I was playing opposite my husband and so the (very) competitive edge came out in me as I wasn’t about to let him mock me all the way home for playing as terrible as I normally do. In fact I got quite serious and even ended up wearing the full kit, of pads, helmet and gloves, which made me look a bit scary. It was lovely to have a day out with other members of the cast away from work. Chris Chittell, Bhasker Patel, Matthew Wolfenden and Joe-Warren Plant who plays my on screen son Jacob were also in attendance and so it made for a fun filled day. The crowd in Northwich were so lovely and supportive and so I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for making it so wonderful day which raised over £5000 for the charities.

 

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Obviously this weekend Yorkshire was in the spotlight as we hosted the Tour de France, Grand Depart. What a weekend it was! The atmosphere in my home county was just amazing and I felt incredibly proud to be a Yorkshire girl. The tour started on the Harewood estate which also houses the Emmerdale village and then went on to Otley and Ilkley which are just on my doorstep, before heading off to Harrogate and York. I have to say even after 8 years as a cheerleader I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much lycra in my life. Cycling fever had completely taken over, fans, media, cyclists and members of the Royal family had all descended on Yorkshire.

 

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I know I’m biased but I think that the coverage of the race really showed how amazingly beautiful our county is AND yes the sun was even shining again as if to show us off in all our full glory! Nicola Wheeler (Nicola King in Emmerdale) was quite heavily involved with the lead up, taking part in the ITV Corrie to Emmerdale bike ride and attending the pre event dinner. We designed Nicolas outfit and I took all of her fittings on my own, which I was quite proud of as obviously I’m still learning about that side of the design process. Thankfully she was really happy with the dress and so consequently I was too….phew!!

 

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Anyways Its going to be a super busy week with a trip to the Lake District and filming for Through The Keyhole with Keith Lemon….eek!! I’m sure that will be fun and games. I’ll make sure to tell you all about it, next time.

Bye for now,

Love Natalie Xx

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