Ten years of Queen Coleen’s reign at Aintree before triumphant return


Last year Coleen Rooney shocked fans after failing to make an appearance at the Grand National festival .

The ‘Queen of Aintree ‘ has become a staple at the races, often visiting for all three days, however last year she hung up her heels and gave it a miss.

However, rumour has it that the mum-of-four is set to visit for Ladies Day 2018 .

The news made us quite nostalgic – so we decided to look back at Queen Coleen’s 10 year reign at the world-famous festival.


Coleen McLoughlin presents the prizes to the winners of the Best Dressed Racegoer contest during the third day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse, Saturday April 8, 2006.

One of Coleen’s first high profile appearance was way back in 2006 – when she was known by her maiden name, Coleen McLoughlin.

In pictures retrieved from the ECHO’s archives, the baby-faced fashion lover can be seen showing off some serious bling in the form of her engagement ring during an outing to Aintree Racecourse.

Wayne Rooney's girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin wears a ring as she presents the prizes to the winners of the Best Dressed Racegoer contest during the third day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse, Saturday April 8, 2006.

Pairing a white chiffon top with a layered skirt, Coleen took part in the style competition, where she was acting as one of the judges alongside Andrew Collinge.


Coleen McLoughlin arrives at Aintree Racecourse today for Ladies Day, Friday April 13, 2007.

Coleen made a number appearances during the 2007 Grand National Festival, where she stunned the crowds with a series of outfit changes.

One of her outfits was a burnt orange dress – bought from WAG favourite Cricket – which she paired with an Alice Temperley belt and accesoriesd with a Chloe charm necklace and a clutch bag by Nook and Willow.

On Ladies Day she pushed the boundaries with a smart Alexandra McQueen fitted trouser suit with a 70s style floppy hat.

Coleen McCloughlin presenting the Looking Good style contest winners on Grand National day at Aintree Racecourse.

She presented the winner of the Style Competition with their prize – who turned out to be an old school friend.

Reports from the time say she joked with the crowd: “Remember, I wasn’t one of the judges!” as she handed over the award to Stephen Wang, who went to De La Salle school with Wayne.


Coleen McLoughlin on Ladies Day in 2008

It was the year she became Mrs Rooney – but not before partying with pals at Aintree.

In a year dominated by maxi dresses, hot pinks and fascinators, showed off her enviable frame in a skintight blue and yellow Balenciaga dress, which she paired with Christian Louboutin bag and shoes.

Once again, she took part in the famous Ladies’ Day style competition, which she presented alongside one of the judges, Sheree Murphy.

While not one of the judges herself, Coleen took on the job of presenting the prize – a Citroen car and a 10-day carribean holiday.

Speaking to the ECHO at the time, she said: “I love coming here, everyone makes such an effort.”


Coleen at Aintree in 2009

In her first Grand National Festival as a married woman, Coleen’s stand-out outfit was tight-fitting dress in her signature hot pink – which she paired with a black floral headband.

But what caught the press attention more than what she was wearing was speculation she was pregnant, although she had not yet confirmed it publicly.

Coleen Rooney (left) and Steve McManaman during the Second Day of the John Smith's Grand National, Friday April 3, 2009.

Her bright pink dress was teamed with a thick black belt with floral detail – which some thought may have been in place to hide her growing baby bump.

Of course, the rumours in this case all turned out to be true, as around seven months later, on November 2 2009, she gave birth to baby Kai.

Grand National 2018

Tiger Roll wins the National

Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell (right) wins the Grand National

It's Ladies Day at the Aintree Grand National

It's been a busy day at Aintree for the Grand National

As De Mee (right) on the way to finishing fifth behind winner Ultragold (left) in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 7 2017 Picture by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Left to right: Blaklion, Vieux Lion Rouge and Highland Lodge in the 2016 Becher Chase at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, December 3 2016

Seeyouatmidnight (left), ridden by Brian Hughes, clears the last to win the BetBright Novices' Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on January 01 2016. He may be able to again at Haydock Park Picture by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Brian Hughes, riding Seeyouatmidnight, clears the last to win the BetBright Novices' Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on January 01 2016 Picture by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tiger Roll wins the National


Coleen Rooney on John Smith's Grand National Day of the Grand National 2010

Coleen raised the fashion stakes at the 2010 Grand National Festival – but she also brought the cute factor, too.

Newly-born Kai made his first of many visits to Aintree, at just five-months old.

She wore an understated peach vintage style dress, with Christian Louboutin heels.

Despite being a new mum, Coleen – who was 24 at the time – still found time to help present the style awards.

She bestowed winner Sophie Fairclough, a journalism student at Liverpool John Moores with her huge priz of a brand new car, a 10-day holiday to Barbados and a photoshoot at a London studio.


Coleen Rooney arrives at Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National meeting in 2011

Continuing with the toned-down theme, Coleen wore a pale pink Azzedine Alaia knee-length dress for 2011.

She finished off the outfit with Christian Louboutin nude peep-toe shoes and a sequined Halston Heritage clutch bag from Cricket.

Coleen Rooney enjoys the racing together with her friends and family in 2011

She also sported a simple sleeveless dress with a wildflower motif.


Coleen Rooney attends the John Smith's Grand National - Ladies' Day at Aintree Racecourse on April 13, 2012

In 2012 Coleen visited Aintree for all three days of the Grand National festival, and despite being only two years old, Kai had already become a regular, too.

On day one she wore her signature hot pink style – but it was her Ladies Day outfit which really stole the show.

Manchester United football player Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen watch the racing during the first day of the Aintree Grand National meeting on April 12, 2012

She paired a black and white fullcircle skirt dress designed by Liverpool designer Philip Armstrong with a pair of teetering Christian Louboutin heels.

Philip Armstrong, who, with his partner, Tony Burke, dressed WAGS including Coleen, Danielle Lloyd and Charlie Adam’s girlfriend, Sophie-Leigh Anderson, said: “Coleen is a massive supporter of our brand and she chose a fullcircle skirt dress made out of aertex fabric from our spring and summer 2012 collection.

Aintree races Liverpool Day as Coleen Rooney betting slip in hand watches from the Queen Mother Stand in 2012

“She is a dream to dress and she has her own sense of style. To work with someone like that is very exciting.

“This season we are seeing a lot of colour, lots of pink and lots of interesting fabrics, which is something we have incorporated into our collection.”


Aintree Festival Grand National day Coleen Rooney arrives for a day at the races in 2013

Despite Aintree usually being a riot of colour, with bright maxi dresses and floral prints galore – 2013’s trend set an altogether more sombre tone – with black being all the rage.

And heavily pregnant Coleen didn’t buck every trend- as she wore a black dress with lace panels designed by Philip Armstrong.

However, in order to stick to her usually colourful style she gave the outfit a pop of colour with a pair of red heels and a clutch bag – as well as a bold red lip.

Aintree Festival Grand National day 2013, Coleen Rooney with son Kai pictured watching the racing

For the first time in ten years she didn’t show up at Ladies Day, but she certainly made up for it with her fashion-forward choices for Grand National day.

And, as usual, Kai didn’t miss out on the action after he was spotted in the stalls wearing a pastel blue suit with adorable striped trousers – he looked every inch the mini-celeb behind a pair of dark black sunglasses.


Coleen Rooney arrives with Klay in 2014

After wearing black the year before, the ‘Queen of Aintree’ switched it up with a striking nude dress for Grand National day 2017.

On the opening day of the festival she was all smiles as she was spotted partying with pals – who were at the races to celebrate her birthday.

Having missed Ladies Day for only the second time in a decade, Coleen took to Twitter to announce she had decided to go on the Thursday and Saturday, instead.

Coleen Rooney arrives with Klay in 2014

Bookies Ladbrookes had been so convinced she would be there they even offered odds on which colour she would wear – with purple at 1/4.

However she more than made up for her absence with her striking outfit choices.

Most notable was her choice for Grand National Day – a simple nude dress with stand-out leather and lace detailing.

It was also the year Klay made his debut. An ECHO report from the day syas he was spotted “pointing and smiling” at the crowds – with big brother Kai sporting a jacket and bow tie.


For the first time in 11 years, Coleen decided not to visit her ‘royal kingdom’ of Aintree, and instead went on holiday to Dubai.

Taking to Twitter she said she’d had an “amazing experience”.

Croxteth-born Coleen tweeted: “An amazing experience. Thanks @ BukhashBrothers @ skydivedubai #mydubai” as she smiled up to the camera mid-skydive.

The 29-year-old also posted a picture of hers and footballer husband Wayne Rooney’s two sons Kai and Klay onto her Facebook page.

Coleen said: “These two cool dudes having fun on their Easter holidays” as her two sons aged five and 18 months posed in their swimsuits and RayBan sunglasses.


Coleen Rooney at Aintree in 2016

After missing out on 2015 – Queen Coleen was back in royal style with two stunning outfits from her favourite Liverpool designer.

On the opening day of the Grand National, she wore a custom coral cape designed by Philip Armstrong.

However it was her Grand National Day choice which really stole the show.

Coleen Rooney at Aintree in 2016

Having not long given birth to third son Kit, Coleen showed off her enviable post-baby frame in a tight fitting black lace dress.

Both dresses came from the designers Atelier which costs upwards of £1,600.

She wore her hair in an elegant ponytail, pairing it with a simple clutch and heels.

They will be holding ECHO social frames so take a moment to grab a quick snap in our social frames and share your picture on Instagram or Twitter using #ECHOatAintree for a chance to win an Amazon Echo.

Winning pictures will be picked at random before the first race commences at 1:45pm.


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