Royal Ascot Hats – day one and two – 2014

It’s Royal Ascot week in England.  Apart from the obvious 30 horse races it’s the hats that take centre-stage at this yearly 5-day event.
I’m sure most of you have heard about the Royal Ascot, but for those who haven’t, it’s a 300 year old British tradition founded by Queen Anne.  It’s one of Europe’s most famous race meetings attended daily by various members of the Royal Family.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has attended the event every year bar one since 1945. 
Ascot is a great chance to dress up and wear a fabulous hat as extraordinary as one dares to.  As a lover of hats, this event fills me with anticipation to see what the female race-goers have come up with each year.  Grab some biscuits and put on a pot of tea ’cause this is quite a lengthy visual fest of some marvellous and other not-so-marvellous hats from day one and two of this year’s Royal Ascot.
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HM Queen, with Prince Philip and Prince Harry /Associated Press
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Dapper Prince Harry /getty
the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall /getty
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Prince Harry, Zara Phillips and Princess Anne /reuters
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice /AP Images
HM the Queen and Prince Philip /getty
the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall /getty
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Princess Anne /getty

 

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