With the sun finally shining bright on the Queen’s ever-gloomy England, the Royal Ascot Racecourse once again attracted crowds of British nobility with zany hats in tow.  Located in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire, the famous English racecourse is most known for its thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting nine of the UK’s 32 annual group one races. Think the Kentucky Derby, but on Brit steroids.

 

High class does not go overlooked at the Royal Ascot, either. The prestigious annual event —   which is so exclusive that foreigners have to get permission from their embassy to attend — enforces a strict classic attire dress code. This means that  men are required to dress in tails and a top hat that can run up to a cool $25,000. Women make Pharrell happy with their competitive feats at creativity in hat design creations that can cost up to thousands of dollars.

 

The Royal Ascot does not maintain its royal title for nothing. Mingling amongst the crowds were some of England’s most sought-after royals. Although Duchess Kate Middleton was unable to attend the event, the Royal Family was still well-represented with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrice and Prince Harry sporting their Sunday best.

 

Just like Bravo’s “Ladies of London” made careful note, individuals do not attend these types of races to simply watch the horses; they go all-out for the fashion styles. With hats that could put the Kentucky Derby to shame, featured here is a recap of some of the week’s favorite looks, including the infamous “Pimm’s Cup Hat,” a personal favorite to date.

 

 

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What do you think of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Royal Ascot? Which hat was your top pick for best in show? If you could attend, would you sport a legendary cap? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro