ROYAL ASCOT is famous not just for horse racing, but also the outlandish fashion on display.
And this year, there are plenty of incredible outfits – especially the hats.
The prestigious event, a favourite of The Queen, sees extravagance encouraged, and that mantra is clear from some of the headwear seen around the course.
Hats – or at least a headpiece with a solid base of four inches or more – are a formal requirement for many of the ticket holders.
In the Royal Enclosure, there is a strict dress code that must be adhered to.
According to the Royal Ascot website, ladies must be in formal daywear.
This includes dresses and skirts of modest length (falling just above the knee or longer), any straps should be one inch or greater.
Fascinators are not permitted in the place of hats.
Men must be dressed in a grey or black waistcoat, tie and top hat with black shoes.
They are permitted to remove their hat when indoors.
The dress code is slightly more relaxed in the other enclosures, with no formal dress code at all in the Windsor Enclosure.
The only rule there is that replica sports shirts are not allowed.
Today sees the historic Gold Cup race at 4:20pm.
The favourite for the showpiece event is Order of St George, who won last year’s race.