Hats off to the lady in red at Royal Ascot
She's a beautiful lady in red – and she's certainly turning heads at one of the most popular events in the equestrian world.
This exquisite example of style and elegance stands out like a rare bloom in the sea of top hats.
Each year – as tradition dictates – the ladies who attend Ascot wear a spectrum of colourful hats and headwear, sporting plumage that would not look amiss in a tropical aviary.
Inevitably, it ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous to the downright dangerous.
Royal Ascot is of course closely associated with the Royal Family – who attend each year – since the race course is practically in their back yard, just six miles from Windsor.
Thankfully, the Royal ladies themselves have not committed any hat faux pas this year, playing it safe once more – who can forget the octopus-like creation that Princess Beatrice wore to Wills and Kate's 2011 wedding – although the Queen, of course, shows them how it's done each year with her tried and tested style. No doubt our lady in red's hat-trick met with the strict dress code that Royal Ascot now enforces on the thousands of race-goers who attend the prestigious annual event.
Ascot organisers felt compelled to tell its female guests how one should dress at what used to be a high society event and to leave the plummeting cleavages, sky-rise hems and vertiginous heels for the nightclub – with mixed results.
Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff was politely escorted away from the Royal enclosure as she sported a dress made up of a betting company's race slips. While she quickly slipped into a more becoming dress, her point was well made and a photo-opp was achieved for the company that she was representing.
Several photographs of women baring tattooed arms that a Maori warrior would be proud of and sinking bottles of beer better than a rugby player have also appeared in the press. The dress code also includes women not showing their midriffs, wearing any strapless dress or outfits with spaghetti straps.
Having said that, the more colourful, eye-catching and downright marvellous one's headgear can be, the better ...