The uberexclusive Queen’s Plate swanned on to Cape Town’s Kenilworth Racecourse yesterday for its 155th running on a hot and windy Cape Town day.
The blue-and-white dress code, as always, made for a classy and elegant affair.
The face and spokeswoman for the prestigious horse race, Bonang “Queen B” Matheba, was the perfect choice for the event in her dreamy lace 1920s number designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee.
This was her second attendance at the event, and she was spotted mingling with and hosting high-profile guests while sipping on chilled L’Ormarins Brut Rosé.
The setup was beautiful and practical, with enough seating, umbrellas, well-stocked bars and restrooms for the many guests.
Various marquees offered an even more special experience for the day and, as always, the Stud Club was the place to be seen.
That’s, of course, if you weren’t in the VVIP tent, which played host to the likes of millionaire Richard Maponya, mining magnate Bridgette Radebe and other wealthy and influential guests, including a member of the Rupert family.
The Stud Club catered for its guests’ every need from numerous bars, with efficient staff.
It had a large food station that offered a variety of nibbles, from calamari pops to burners, mini pies, wraps, bowls of fresh salads and a pudding station with an ice cream machine – and all the sweet toppings your heart could desire.
Guests spent hours mingling as the jockeys competed for the lucrative prizes. There seemed to be only one fashion clash – two women in the Stud Club wore the same blue-and-white polka dot dress, but that quickly made them friends.
Also spotted yesterday enjoying the day at the races was media personality Jen Su in a lovely silk and pearl Gavin Rajah creation, businesswoman Basetsana Khumalo, actress and performer Bianca Le Grange, former Miss SA Cindy Nell, presenter Jeannie D, actress Nomzamo Mbatha, and actor and model Maps Maponyane.
A first-time attendee this year was presenter and media personality Minnie Dlamini, who wore a beautiful white dress embellished with blue flowers.
She said: “I’m so excited to be here. This is so different. The people look fabulous and the experience is lovely. I think this is one of my favourite events already!”
The Queen’s Plate is known to be a fancy and fab event that rivals any equestrian event in the world, and yesterday was no different.