Ascot's ladies get ahead with a hat
Royal Ascot was a riot of colour yesterday for the annual festival of fashion that is Ladies' Day.
Racegoers, royals and celebrities were greeted by bright sunshine at the Berkshire racecourse on the third day of the meeting.
The Queen, wearing a lilac suit with a matching hat, accessorised with orange flowers, was applauded as she arrived at the racecourse in a horse-drawn carriage.
She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and the Crown Prince of Bahrain in the first carriage, with Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie following them in the procession.
Bets had been placed on the colour of the Queen's hat -- with yellow being the favourite. Purple had been the second most popular choice.
Celebrities enjoying the racing included actress Joan Collins, sporting a white Philip Treacy hat to set off her outfit of a floral turquoise and white jacket with puffed sleeves and a simple white dress.
Veteran presenter Bruce Forsyth, 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Bruno Tonioli and the composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber were also in attendance.
Eye-catching headgear on display included a hat in the shape of a hat box, worn by 49-year-old Desanka Cvijanovic.
Californian Rebecca Johnson, celebrating her 56th birthday, had created a hat topped with a horse's head made out of papier mache and guinea fowl feathers.
Some headgear looked decidedly uncomfortable -- including hats made out of Lego bricks worn by Anna Carradice and Jonathan James.
The controversial vuvuzela made a surprise appearance - but this time on a hat worn by one female racegoer. Her companion wore a hat topped with a replica of the Jules Rimet trophy.