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Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day gets off to a glamorous start

Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day gets off to a glamorous start

Royal Ascot Ladies Day is one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar and racegoers certainly did not disappoint as they kicked off the festivities this morning. 

Classic white sundresses, extravagant headpieces and very daring leg hemlines were all on show as hundreds of well-heeled revellers descended on the Berkshire racecourse for the third day of the meet. 

Newlywed Lady Gabriella Windsor, who tied the knot at Windsor Castle last month, was among the high profile faces spotted in the crowds as she arrived on the arm of new husband Thomas Kingston. 

Meanwhile Abbey Clancy, who attended with husband Peter Crouch, led the glamour in a ruched midi dress, while Judy Murray opted for a classic blue coat dress. 

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer and Victoria actress Nell Hudson were also on hand to join in the fun at the racing festival. 

Meanwhile the Queen broke with her Royal blue tradition today as she donned a stunning dove grey coat and floral silk dress with accents of lemon yellow to Ladies’ Day at Ascot in her carriage just after 2pm.

Abbey Clancy, who attended with husband Peter Crouch, led the glamour in a ruched midi dress, centre, on Ladies Day at Ascot. Best foot forward! Make-up artist Gina Dowle, left, in a semi sheer creation. Right, a woman in a daring black dress 

And they’re off! Feathered headpieces, left and centre, and a Union Jack frock, right, were all spotted at Royal Ascot today

Standing out: A woman dressed head to toe in elegant blush pink drew attention as she went down the escalator 

High profile guests: The Queen arrived for her daily carriage procession just after two dressed in head-to-toe blue, as has been the theme this week, left, and newlyweds Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston were seen, right

The monarch, 93, seen, arrived for the afternoon of racing in an open-top carriage alongside her son Prince Andrew, Duke of York, 59, daughter Princess Anne, 69, seen, and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

The monarch, 93, arrived for the afternoon of racing in an open-top carriage alongside her son Prince Andrew, Duke of York, 59, daughter Princess Anne, 69, and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. 

She coordinated perfectly with her daughter the Princess Royal, who looked elegant in a pale green ensemble with a subtle nod to her mother’s yellow theme in her accessories.

The royal was joined by Mr James Fellowes, who founded the Bridge of Hope charity initiative, which helps people who have fallen off the career ladder get into horseracing, and The Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough.

The third and final carriage carried a grinning Zara and Mike Tindall, with the Queen’s granddaughter stunning in a teal dress by Claire Mischevani and a complimenting sculpted hat by London milliner Juliette Botterill.

They were joined by Peter and Autumn Phillips, who looked dazzling in a floral dress by Claire Mischevani and an ivory cocktail hat by Bee Smith. 

The third and final carriage carried a grinning Zara and Mike Tindall, with the Queen’s granddaughter stunning in a teal dress by Claire Mischevani and a complimenting sculpted hat by London milliner Juliette Botterill

Princess Eugenie, seen centre, was also seen arriving in the carraige, wearing a teal hat and shift dress for the annual occasion 

Queen Elizabeth II waves as she arrives on Ladies Day on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20

Left: Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo looked pretty in a buttoned maxi dress. Left: (L-R) Victoria Pendleton, Jodie Kidd and Abbey Clancy towered above the crowds in their monochrome ensembles

Right: Earlier in the day glamorous women were seen arriving as Ladies Day begins, with many donning decadent headwear 

Celebrity spotting! TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer (left) was joined by Charlotte Hawkins and Francesca Cumani at the event

Celebrity fans: Victoria actress Nell Hudson, left, Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, centre, and Judy Murray at Ascot today

Royal blue! (l-r) Sasha Wilkinson, Flora Macdonald Johnston and  Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey opted for variations of the shade for their Ascot outfits 

Some posed in their elegant headpieces near decadent floral displays as they arrived at the racecourse in Ascot for Ladies Day today

A range of outfits were on display at the Ladies Day at Ascot today, which has a strict dress code, including a decadent Victorian style headpiece (left) and bold red outfit (right) 

Newlyweds! Lady Gabriella Windsor and new husband Thomas Kingston beamed as they arrived at Royal Ascot today

She’s a little teapot! A playful hat by Bundle MacLaren Millinery, left, and edgy thigh-skimming frocks were on show at Royal Ascot Ladies Day

Dressed to impress: Outfits bursting with colour, style and personality were on display at Ladies Day kicked off this morning

Strike a pose! P l-r: Carla Boss from London, milliner IIda Di Vico, centre, Rebecca Johnson from Windsor

A high tea: Some racegoers enjoyed a make-shift picnic outside the boot of their car ahead of the event at Royal Ascot Racecourse today 

Garden queens! Lystra Adams from Rugely, in Staffordshire, left, and Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, from London, at Royal Ascot

All out drama: Debra Day from Romsey, Hampshire, made sure all eyes were on her as she arrived for Ladies Day at Ascot

Flower power! A striking blue creation, left, and a pretty wild flower hat, right, were both on show as Ladies’ Day started

Splash of colour: Women put their best fashion foot forward in eye-catching looks for the third day of Royal Ascot

The bold and the beautiful: Head to toe red, left and right, and a second Union Jack inspired dress were all on show

Pretty as a picture: A sweet heart-printed dress in red at Royal Ascot, left, and a frothy extravaganza from racegoer Inga, right

Let me take a selfie! A young woman beamed as she captured her beautiful electric blue ensemble on camera at Royal Ascot

Think pink! Whether it was a pretty daisy print, left, or all vibrant neon, right, pink proved a popular choice for Ladies’ Day

Perfectly civilised! Bubbles and Pimms were the drinks of choice for many Royal Ascot revellers as the afternoon went on

Fortunately for revellers, yesterday’s heavy rain has cleared and been replaced with glorious sunshine, which will surely encourage even more trackside fun and frolics. 

Among the early arrivals was a woman who brought an edgy twist to the dress code with a black long-sleeve dress with a revealing thigh-high slit, and another who turned heads in a neon pink hat covered in oversized pom poms. 

Others plumped for costume-inspired looks with a Queen of Hearts ensemble – complete with faux crown – and Union Jack dress both spotted in the crowds.     

The full spectrum of race day style was on show as the first revellers arrived at Royal Ascot this morning. 

Florals for spring! Some racegoers opted for bright and colourful floor length floral dresses, donning stylish fascinators with their trendy outfits 

Many racegoers donned fabulous and extravagant hats and headpieces at the event 

Some excited racegoers posed for photographs as they arrived at the Ascot Racecourse for the third day of the races 

She’s done her research! One booklover posed for photographs in a decadent headpiece featuring books including one called ‘Betting on horse racing for dummies’ 

Several racegoers posed for photographs in their extraordinary headpieces, including one apparently inspired by dandelion flowers  

Milliner IIda Di Vico was among those who opted to keep things classic, donning a mid-length orange dress with cold-shoulder detailing which she finished – unsurprisingly – with a feathered headpiece she created herself.

Racegoer Katie Houghton, from Ascot, proved sometimes less is more by stepping out in a flattering white midi dress and pink accessories. 

However others were in the mood to take a fashion risk, including two women who stepped out in co-ordinating black and red ensembles. 

Bright and beautiful! This group of friends brought a playful explosion of colour to the day’s events at Royal Ascot

Hold onto your hat! Tracy Rose, from Ascot, battled to keep her towering headpiece under control as she posed for photos

Pimms O’Clock! The drinks were flowing in one of the restaurants as racegoers soaked up the atmosphere at Royal Ascot

Sticking with the theme! A woman in a yellow horse print dress, left. Centre, a sky blue frock with metallic accessories and right, a red and black Victorian inspired outfit 

Getting in on the fun: Two police officers smiled for the cameras as they posed with a racegoer on her way into the event

Red alert! A woman in a beautiful dress with a high-low hem, left, and the reveller in the Union Jack flag frock, arrive at Ascot

Touch of sunshine: A dapper man matched his partner’s dress with a yellow tie as they arrived for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Blush pink beauties: A delicate veil brought a feminine touch, left. Racegoer Alexandra Bertram, right, plumped for a bow

Living their fantasy: Moons, rainbows and autumnal floral displays all made an appearance on racegoers’ hats

Here come the girls! Royal Ascot racegoers held nothing back when it came to choosing eye-catching fashion for the day

The red frock featured think spaghetti straps and fell above the knee – short in the context of ultra conservative Ascot fashion – while her friend in black flashed her leg in a dramatic slit.

Other standout creations included a My Fair Lady inspired gown – complete with a sweeping red and white train and a matching hat that measured several feet across. 

Unsurprisingly, hats where the focus of many racegoers’ outfits, with flowers, feathers and beading all on display. 

One woman went for a gravity-defying self-pouring tea pot, which hung above a stream of flowers that poured into her hat. 

Classic combination: This elegant Royal Ascot Ladies Day racegoer proved sometimes nothing beats black at white

Hats off to them! A self-pouring teapot, left, by Bundle MacLaren Millinery, and pom pom creation, right, brought a playful touch to Royal Ascot outfits

Old school glamour: Several racegoers, including the woman above, chose to add veils to their Royal Ascot headpieces

Blowing a kiss: A cheeky racegoer poses for the camera, left. Right, a racegoer shoes off the detail in her flower hat

Pucker up! This playful hat featured a large pair of bright red lips on the brim – the perfect counterpoint to black and white

Who’s a good boy? A dog put on a tiny top hat for the occasion. Right, Giulia Mio Millinery poses for photographers

Taking off! A bejewelled candy coloured helicopter hat was a pretty addition to this woman’s sunshine yellow ensemble

Personal touch: A racegoer had what appears to be a poem on her hat, left. Right, a spray of yellow flowers and trims

Autumn magic: Giulia Mio Millinery poses for a photo in one of her own creations as she attends Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Ladies (Day) in red: Exotic flowers, left, and oversized brims, right, added personality to the red headpieces on show

Monochrome magic: This woman managed to find an electric blue hat that perfectly matched the colour of her dress 

Incredible pictures show just how intricate some of the women’s hats are, with on woman, left, wearing fascinator complete with a house, while another lady opted for a butterfly-inspired creation, right

Pink to make the boys wink! Left: A  colourful lady opted for an all fuchsia ensemble and butterfly-inspired shoes. Centre: woman poses with an elaborate hat and dress. Right: Another lady chose a top hat and cape creation during day three of Royal Ascot, in Ascot

Racegoers react during ladies day

Former Eastenders star Kara Tointon looked glamorous in a netted fascinator and blue dress, left, while  another lady opted for intricate accessories including a beaded mock croc bag

What a display! Glamorous guests in an array of bright hats, including a pink fluffy fascinator, left, feathers, centre, and butterflies and bees, right

Another added a playful touch to her yellow ensemble with a bejewelled helicopter piece. 

Even animals got in on the action – and a well behaved dog was spotted sitting down with a tiny top hat on his head. 

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed.

The term Ladies Day was first used in 1823 when an anonymous poet described the Thursday of the annual meeting as ‘Ladies’ Day … when the women, like angels, look sweetly divine.’

First out of the gate: This gaggle of glamorous women were among the early arrivals at Royal Ascot Ladies Day today 

Making an entrance: This extraordinary red and white gown was topped off with an even more extraordinary matching hat 

Matchy matchy! Co-ordinating red and black looks, left, and a couple dressed in incredible pink ensembles, right

Cheers! Racegoers toasted the start of the third day of Royal Ascot with a glass of fizz at a car park picnic, pictured

Candy coloured accessories: A woman sported a red hat, left, while another chose yellow, right, for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

Checking out the fashion! Racegoers admire each other’s amazing outfits as the arrivals continued at Ladies Day today

Admired from all angles: These beautiful headpieces looked just as beautiful when they were photographed from behind

Retro glamour: Band the Tootsie Rollers showed off their signature style as they performed at Royal Ascot this morning

Victoria Pendleton turned heads in a polka dot wrap dress and black fascinator, clutch and heels, left, while Isabell Kristensen went for a white statement dress and wide brim hat with a small trunk clutch, right

Chris Hughes (left-right), Charlotte Hawkins, Francesca Cumani and Mark Heyes during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The bigger the better! One woman opted for a white statement hat which resembled a dandelion, left, while another lady, left wore a black feathered piece

A general view of a table display with peonies in the carpark during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Coordination is key! One woman opted for a huge statement wide brimmed hat and  matching dress and blazer, left, while a merry racegoer, right, was helped up by her pal

While there is no official prize on offer for best dressed lady as there is at other race meetings, ticket holders were still eager to put their best foot forward.

Up to 300,000 people are due to descend on the event over the course of five days and naturally the stylish day out is a magnet for celebrities, and is predicted to be a star-studded occasion.

With the clue in the name, Royal Ascot is hugely popular with the monarchy and Her Majesty has attended every year since ascending the throne. 

Old fashioned tea party! These women looked like characters from a period drama as they sipped on bubbles at Royal Ascot

Setting up: This couple started unpacking their gazebo and picnic supplies ahead of a morning relaxing in the car park

Attention to detail: These well-dressed racegoers thought to bring their own bunting to string across the car boot 

Preened to perfection! Two ladies stood out in sunglasses as the weather held up today, left, while four women certainly made a glamorous group, right

Queen Elizabeth II, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence during the royal procession on during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Left: Queen Elizabeth II looks on during the third day of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting. Right: Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding A’Ali to win The Norfolk Stakes on day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Wasting no time! Royal Ascot racegoers made sure to get the most out of Ladies Day by arriving at the course early, pictured 

Ready for the day! Two women came prepared with their own cool box as they kicked off the fun at Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day

Strike a pose! Racegoer Claudia Smith in a Queen of Hearts inspired ensemble posed for a photo on her way into the course

Time for a bite! Racegoers set up a car boot picnic as they prepared for a day of fun at Royal Ascot this morning

Off they trot! Racegoers on a horse carriage during day three of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

On patrol: A policeman lowers his sniffer dog onto the opposite side of the fence as day three gets underway at Royal Ascot

Calm before the storm: Groundsmen move benches in front of the grandstand ahead of day three of Royal Ascot

The sun is shining! After battling the elements yesterday, racegoers look set to enjoy better weather at the course today

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