Hats off to Ascot for Ladies Day
Royal Ascot was a riot of colour yesterday for the annual festival of fashion that is Ladies' Day.
Racegoers, royals and celebrities were greeted by bright sunshine at the Berkshire racecourse on the third day of the meeting.
The Queen, wearing a lilac suit with a matching hat, accessorised with orange flowers, was applauded as she arrived at the racecourse in a horse-drawn carriage.
Eye-catching headgear on display included a hat in the shape of a hat box, worn by 49-year-old Desanka Cvijanovic.
Mrs Cvijanovic, from York, said it had taken her sister-in-law, milliner Nataliya Tutus, six months to create the black-and-white striped hat with colourful flowers on top.
Californian Rebecca Johnson had created a hat topped with a horse's head made out of papier mache and guinea fowl feathers.
Some headgear looked decidedly uncomfortable — including one hat made out of Lego bricks worn by Anna Carradice.
Ms Carradice, whose hat included a Lego Big Ben and London Eye, said of the 2kg creation made of 1,400 bricks: “I'm wearing it all day. But it's very heavy.”
The controversial vuvuzela made a surprise appearance — but this time on a hat worn by one female racegoer.