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Royal Ascot

the annual thorough-breed horse racing and fashion event-

is a much anticipated fixture on the English summer social calendar.

 

Occuring over a five day period each June

the most eagerly awaited point on the Ascot schedule is

Ladies Day

when attendees wear hats and headwear of singular

design detail and dimension.

 

 

The hats have it!

Ladies Day

Royal Ascot,  2016

Play on!

piano keys inspired hat

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Sweet sensation

marshmellow embellishments

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All a- Buzz

black / yellow colour scheme

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Butterflies are free

‘canoe’ shaped hat with butterfly and flower adornments

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Cheers!

champagne flowing / glass filled

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Tartan and feathers

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(photos from express.co.uk)

Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II

in melon orange and egg-shell blue

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Of national pride

heraldic symbols of Wales:

a fierce dragon and a proud lion

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‘Riding to the hounds’

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Perched

a hat of blue / orange plummage

with bird of matching colours a top

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(photos from telegraph.co.uk)

For an afternoon tea party

hat of check table-cloth and tiered cake stand

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A trio of fascinating fascinators

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(photos from dailymail.co.uk)