With respect to the apparent early onset of the Sheikh's nine-year-old daughter, I have heard two explanations. One is that the further distance from the equator from which your ancestors have come, the earlier puberty begins. My own observations seem to bear that explanation in my family and circle of friends. We are extremely northern European and the girls in my family don't begin puberty until they are almost 14. And I have seen African-American girls who are friends of my daughters who seem to have been my girls to puberty by a country mile.
This also may have to do with the adult height to which the girl will grow. There are some theories that girls who are going to be tall women are late to mature. Again, this is only a theory. But I do know that girls often quit growing vertically soon after the menarche, while boys will sometimes continue to grow until they are 19 or so.
The second explanation is a bit more ominous and can be laid to the presence of two factors. One is the use of antibiotics s in cattle and poultry. These then cross over into the milk and other dairy products, as well as the meat and eggs and disrupt the endocrine system. Secondly, a lot of plastics contain chemicals that are estrogen emulators, that can affect bodies the same way the hormone does. These are everywhere in our environment any longer. In fact, it's hard to avoid them. They are also affecting animals -- particularly those that live in water a great deal of time such as frogs and the like, because those plastic-related chemicals often end up in the water sources.
If you're interested further, you might want to take a look at this article from the University of California at Berkeley. It's not a scholarly article, so is understandable even for people without a background in endocrinology. http://news.berkeley.edu/...na-deardorff-new-puberty/
To get back to the subject Ascot and fashion, I thought the Sheik's child was beautiful and suitable dressed. I don't know if the terrible heat we are having here on the west coast is of the same degree the U.K. is experiencing, but if it is, wearing white clothing that is not tight-fitting is certainly the most comfortable option. And I'm really glad they took the precaution of hospitalizing Philip, given his past health issues. Getting overheated and dehydrated could be really dangerous for someone of that age.
That said, I wonder if when it's really hot, if the queen will remove the her coat and just appear at Ascot in a frock and hat combo. It appears that most of her coats are wool, and even if it's a lightweight wool, that could be oppressive in the heat. So far she's looked great and not terribly uncomfortable, but she's in her 90s and a lot of heat can't be good for her already.
My only other comment would be about Eugenie's Day 1 frock. If I remember correctly, the Queen Mother was said to be as abundantly endowed as Eugenie, yet we never saw her with the massive mono-boob look we saw on Eugenie. I'm sure part of the story is knowing how to dress, while another part is having adequate foundation garments. And maybe down the road, Eugenie might even want to consider breast-reduction surgery. I know several well-endowed friends who have had this done not for cosmetic reasons, but to lessen the strain on their backs, and they have been very satisfied with the results. Plus, they then have a much wider range of clothing options.