While the event is centred on the equine sport, it is also a stage for hat-lovers to come and show off their headgear – the more gravity-defying, the better.
This year’s Royal Ascot comes amid the first heatwave of the year, with the Met Office predicting temperatures of up to 34C on Friday.
While the event is usually attended by the Queen, whose love for horses is well-documented, Her Majesty has missed both the first and second day at the races.
However, other members of the royal family including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have made appearances, as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
We rounded up our favourite, most eye-catching hats at this year’s Royal Ascot.
Kicking off the list on a muted, but no less regal note is Camilla, who donned a bright blue jacket and skirt, with a matching blue hat. The wide-brimmed hat featured a blue rose and long ribbons that gave the future Queen Consort a rather jaunty look.
Now on to the real event – the horses on this hat, of course. Milliner Rachel Ellis Oates’ multi-coloured headpiece, created with dozens of different-sized horse cutouts, is truly worthy of the Royal Ascot. Yee-haw.
Plenty of pheasant feathers make up this rather extravagant hat, complete with plenty of bright pink ruffles.
Orange You Glad You Met Me?
Susan Bender Whitfield, a creative director, stylist and contributing editor for British Vogue, opted for a shockingly-bright orange number. The refreshing has been seen all over the high street as the colour of the summer, so it’s no surprise that Whitfield’s feathery hat is bang on trend.
Tulle-y, Madly, Deeply
A turquoise tutu on one’s head? Why not? It is the Royal Ascot, after all.
Alexandra Strudwick, whose family owns the Ballygallon Stud farm, appeared at the racing event in a sculptural hat that towered high above her head.
Struck By Lightning
This giant multi-coloured bow is a thing to behold. Paired with the bright yellow lightning earring, it’s a look we’re envious of.
Maya Jama’s Royal Ascot look is sheer floral joy. Her headpiece, which features blossoms that appear to be floating around her head, pairs perfectly with her bright pink gown.
Garden In A Teacup
This teacup bursting forth with flowers is exactly the kind of Royal Ascot hat content we need to see. 10/10, no notes.