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Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Dan Kitwood

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

Dan Kitwood

Female racegoers on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Female racegoers on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Racegoers share a moment on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers share a moment on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers pick their horses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

A Racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

A Racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

A racegoer with an umbrella covered in roses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

A racegoer with an umbrella covered in roses on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Racegoers shelter under umbrellas on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Elizabeth Hurley in the parade ring as she watches her horse compete on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Elizabeth Hurley in the parade ring as she watches her horse compete on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Elizabeth Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Elizabeth Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Carole Middleton on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Carole Middleton on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

Racegoers leave the course at the end of the afternoon on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers leave the course at the end of the afternoon on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Liz Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Liz Hurley on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

A Racegoer is caught in a downpour of rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

A Racegoer is caught in a downpour of rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

A Female racegoer wears an English tea party hat on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A Female racegoer wears an English tea party hat on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Racegoers shelter from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Racegoers shelter from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

A female racegoer shelters from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A female racegoer shelters from the rain on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

David Davies

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers gather around the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers gather around the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers relax after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers relax after racing on ladies day at Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Queen Elizabeth II in the winners enclosure on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Queen Elizabeth II in the winners enclosure on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

The Princess Royal talks to trainer Aidan O'Brien (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

The Princess Royal talks to trainer Aidan O'Brien (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Jockey Hayley Turner before racing in the Gold Cup on The Betchworth Kid on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Jockey Hayley Turner before racing in the Gold Cup on The Betchworth Kid on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Steve Parsons

Racegoers watch the action on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Racegoers watch the action on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

David Davies

Elizabeth Hurley (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Elizabeth Hurley (left) on day three of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2011. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Dominic Lipinski

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Elizabeth Hurley smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Elizabeth Hurley smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers arrive in the rain on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers arrive in the rain on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers during Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers during Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Alan Crowhurst

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Young racegoers revel after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Young racegoers revel with other older racegoers after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Young racegoers revel with other older racegoers after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Race goers laugh as they arrive by train at Royal Acot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Race goers laugh as they arrive by train at Royal Acot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A race goer adjusts her shoe as she waits for a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A race goer adjusts her shoe as she waits for a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Race goers wait to board a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Race goers wait to board a train to Acsot at Waterloo Station on June 16, 2011 in London, England. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot includes the highlight Gold Cup race attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Peter Macdiarmid

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Carole Middleton (r) and Mrs Jim Hay (l) arrive in an open carriage on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Carole Middleton (r) and Mrs Jim Hay (l) arrive in an open carriage on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman watches the first race through binoculars on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A woman laughs after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A woman laughs after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Two women hold pints of lager on ladies day on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Two women hold pints of lager on ladies day on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arrive on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arrive on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Escort Helen Wood arrives on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Escort Helen Wood arrives on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A racegoer stands by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A racegoer stands by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers enjoy a picnic on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers watch the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers watch the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers surrond the Bandstand for traditional singing and dancing after racing on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Racegoers wait for the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Racegoers wait for the final race on day two of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A racegoer poses for a photograph on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A racegoer poses for a photograph on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

Royal Ascot 2011

Royal Ascot 2011

A racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of Royal Ascot

A racegoer wears a hat made of balloons on day three of Royal Ascot

David Davies

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers walk by the racecourse on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Racegoers scream after the first race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Kitwood

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  A lady in a hat poses for a photograph on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: A lady in a hat poses for a photograph on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2011 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Chris Jackson

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Racegoers socialise after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on June 16, 2011 in Ascot, England.

What fun to see Royal Ascot descend into brawling among paunchy slobs in suits. Top toffs have complained about the calibre of pillock attending the equestrian event - women with tattoos; men whose bonces are strangers to the top hat.

There are even unsettling reports that, this year, several bald people were admitted.

Two friends of mine sometimes go. Generally, when I know they're to return, I eat a large bowl of curried tripe, followed by several pickled onions, then I welcome them home by vomiting on their heads. My view of toffs is that they should be periodically culled. Not like in the French Revolution; just arrests in the middle of the night, long periods of imprisonment on unspecified charges, and so forth. This should occur when their ostentation and arrogance become too much. Meanwhile, the neds at Ascot are doing a good job of sullying the sick- making event and should, therefore, be congratulated.

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