Royal Ascot 2016

Posted on June 15, 2016

Racegoers arrive for the first day of Royal Ascot

Darlings, no one loves a wacky hat more than the English.


Lisa Snowdon arrives for the first day of Royal Ascot

And no single event gives them a greater opportunity to showcase their wacky hats more than the Royal Ascot.


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Most of the attendees are fine wearing pretty or slightly cheeky headwear and the day provides many examples of chic, bold and eye-catching looks. But let’s face it, darlings. It’s the crazier stuff that gets the most attention.


Racegoers arrive for the first day of Royal AscotFlowers are a popular theme, of course. From bright little gardens…


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… to tastefully (a word rarely used to describe Liz Hurley) minimalist takes …


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…t o pretty maids all in a row. The English love themselves a flower hat.

The English also love to take things way too far.


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For some Brits, their flora needed to be huge. No, not just huge…


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Like, INTIMIDATINGLY huge. Like a bee the size of a cocker spaniel puppy is about to alight on her head.

For others, the goal was not to overwhelm with size…


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… but with sheer number.

That’s a little creepy, to be honest. We feel like someone should ask her if she needs help.



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After flowers, the most popular motif seems to bird plumage. Lots and lots of feathers.


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Sometimes the avian-inspired look was much more literal.

We would be much more impressed by this if there were streams of glittery fake bird poop in her hair. When you commit to a look, really COMMIT to it, y’know?


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Sometimes the feather hats got a little violent. It’s like an abstract bird is getting killed.

And speaking of abstract birds …


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Something without face or feature has landed on this woman’s head and it’s freaking us out a little. WHICH END DOES THE POOP COME OUT?


Then there were the royals, who know a thing or two about ostentatious headwear:

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Betty: Bright and bold.


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Princess Anne: tasteful as ever.


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Camilla: …

Decidedly less so.


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Princess Beatrice, available to do a little light dusting later, should the need arise.


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But in the end, the real fun is just watching the English indulge their love of eccentricity and self-expression.



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From the conventionally pretty headwear…


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To some sort of alien undersea life…



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To a neck injury waiting to happen.

Seriously, one errant bird could have her in traction for weeks.


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