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Head-turning Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot

By Tony Jones

The weird, wonderful and wild were on show at Royal Ascot as female racegoers put on a riotous hat display to mark Ladies' Day.

From headgear in the shape of a picnic hamper, complete with Champagne and strawberries, to an aviary full of parakeets, owls and even a frog, punters pulled out all the stops for the racing day that doubles as a fashion show.

Punters were left counting their winnings after the Queen arrived wearing a pink hat, a colour backed by many of the racegoers.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said his firm had made the hue their favourite. He added: "Punters will be tickled pink after getting the colour right for the first time this Royal Ascot."

Coral's John Hill said: "Over 80% of the bets we took on what colour hat the Queen would wear on Ladies' Day were for pink, so many punters have got their day off to a flying start before the racing has even begun."

The Queen was accompanied by Prince Andrew as the Duke of Edinburgh recovers from an undisclosed infection.

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