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Hats off to the real winners at Royal Ascot Ladies' Day

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 19/06/2015

Anna Mott (right) and another racegoer show off their hats during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Anna Mott (right) and another racegoer show off their hats during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Franziska Holzer during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Racegoers (left to right) Ruby Dale, Rhianna Newland and Victoria Wenman during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Racegoer Lystra Adams during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: The Tootsie Rollers attend Ladies Day on day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Larisa Katz during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Yaseen Ali-Choudhrey wearing a Pepperami hat during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A general view of the media taking pictures of a racegoer during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: A racegoer wearing a decorative hat during Day 2 of Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Racegoers arrive during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Ella McNeill during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Anna Mott during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Sharon Teague during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Racegoers enjoy a picnic in the car park during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Paris Johnson during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Fashion blogger Jennifer Wrynne during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Grace Shaw from Essex wearing a My Little Pony inspired hat during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Racegoer Yvonne Mwiza during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Racegoers arrive for Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Gok Wan (R) and guest during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Actress Eleanor Tomlinson attends day 3 of Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Actor Finn Jones attends day 3 of Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Triin Konsap wears an outfit designed by Inga Kovalerova during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
The wildlife inspired hat of a racegoer during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Ruth Mottershead from County Durham during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Fashion designer Larisa Katz during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
A police officer takes a photograph for some racegoers during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Racegoers (left-right) Alice Radbourne, Lydia Monkley, Annie Roper, Ellie Stack and Jordan Powys during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Sophie Jones looks at a hat made of peperami sausages worn by Yaseen Ali-Choudhrey during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A guide dog is seen during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Fashion designer Amanda Wakeley attends Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arrive by carriage before the first race during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Actress Samantha Barks attends Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
The Princess Royal (left) and Princess Eugenie during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Queen Elizabeth ll and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York (right) and Princess Beatrice of York (left) arrive during Ladies Day, on day three of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: The Tootsie Rollers during Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot racecourse on June 18, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot is all about the hat.

Forget the horses ... headpieces were the focus of attention for fashion-savvy racegoers yesterday.

The Queen looked elegant in teal and Princess Beatrice looked wonderful in a chic white dress and a burnt orange and teal picture hat by milliner Laura Apsit Livens.

Irish pop star Ronan Keating cut a fine figure alongside fiancee Storm Uechtritz, who was decked out in white.

A number of women attending the racing festival were wearing hats created by Northern Ireland milliner Marie-Claire Ferguson.

Last night, Marie-Claire, who is based in Strangford, told the Belfast Telegraph of the strict fashion rules at Ascot.

"There are strict rules as to what can and can't be worn within the different enclosures at Ascot; the Royal Enclosure has certain guidelines regarding skirt lengths and the thickness of straps on dresses," she said.

"Fascinators, the terrible feathery kind, are not allowed in the Royal Enclosure and all hats or headpieces must have a base with a diameter of 10cm or more."

Marie-Claire's personal bugbear is bad angles.

"A percher or cocktail hat should be worn towards the front of the head and tilted over one eyebrow," she said. "It should not be plonked on the top of your head. That makes me cry. If you are unsure, contact the milliner or hat shop you got it from, they will be happy to advise on the correct way to wear it."

Marie-Claire says if you feel good about your hat choice, that is what counts. "Be brave, step out of your comfort zone, there are no hard and fast rules about what hat to choose, but pick something that makes you smile and walk taller," Marie-Claire said.

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