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Royal Ascot

(held this year 2014: Tuesday, 17 June to Saturday, 21 June)

is one of the highlights

of the British summer social calendar.

Ladies Day

(held on Thursday, 19 June)

is the occasion’s undisputed fashion highpoint.

Never mind the horse racing events,

Ladies Day

is all about the

hats

in all shapes, shades and sizes.

Royal Ascot,  2014

Ladies Day

 

(images from dailymail.com):

 

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hats in full bloom

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 yellow petals of prodigious proportions

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Jamaica representing:  yellow, black, green 

colours of the Jamaican flag

 

 

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floral fantastic

 

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blue hues

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dove grey fascinator

 

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Elizabethan dress, whimsical headpieces

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  pretty as a peacock:  beauty in numbers

 

 

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monochromatic embellishment

 

 

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knit one, pearl two

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hats in multiples

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’50s-inspired vivaciousness

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belles of the ball

(images from guardian.co.uk):

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  a red blaze of glory

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painterly a la Jackson Pollack

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BFF:  bounty of feathers and flowers

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ivory corral reef

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 a glass of Pimms:

the offical drink of BST (British Summer Time)

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on winning turf

(images from mirror.co.uk):

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global currencies

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beautiful bouquet

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a jellyfish bell

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an English rose

Royal ladies

Ladies Day,  Royal Ascot  2014

 

(images from dailymail.com):

 

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HRH, Queen Elizabeth II

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Anne, The Princess Royal

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex