A rainy start failed to dampen Royal Ascot’s sartorial glamour. Ladies defies the weather in stunning outfits and extravagant hats, with solid colours the only concession to the unseasonal chill (with the notable exception of The Tootsie Rollers who wore matching floral frocks).
The Royal Family set the tone, with The Queen in a classic yellow coat and matching hat, the Duchess of Cornwall in a delicate pink, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex both elegant in white and Princess Beatrice in a sober navy blazer. But it was Zara Tindall that turned heads with a striking floral outfit by queen of prints Mary Katrantzou, which she paired with a gorgeous blue hat by Rose Olivia Millinery.
Hats were nothing short of spectacular. There were feathers and flowers aplenty—some arranged in towering displays that must have been a challenge to wear.
Presenter TV Lisa Snowdown paired a lacey black dress and a funky top hat with netting and OPEN written on it in glitzy red letters, while two creative racegoes even sported matching In and Out outfits inspired by the EU referendum.
But the prize for the craziest headgear undoubtedly goes to designer Anoushka Lancaster, who had a whole tropical forest on her head, complete with parrots, pineapples and giant leaves.
By contrast, the accolade for the most elegant outfit must go to Elizabeth Hurley, who looked absolutely stunning in a white, figure-hugging Versace dress with nude heels and an understated floral hat.
But what about the gents? Well, no one carried their top hat and morning dress with quite the same style as Prince Harry, who rocked the Ascot look with a blue waistcoat and pale blue tie, which contrasted beautifully with his ginger beard.