As We Wait For The 2014 Hat Race, Look Back At The Greatest (And Oddest) Royal Ascot Hats

11 June 2014 by

Forget the horses, the Royal Ascot is all about one sport for us: hat watching. Next thursday it's Ladies Day, where hoards of attendees will be lining the course ready to be hat-papped. Of coure we'll be there doing a live commentary on the heated hat race.

While we wait to see which colour the Queen wears this year and if anyone wears a live plant pot on their head (again), we have opened up the Ascot archives to look back at the best and worst hats.


The Royal Enclosure is like a sweet shop, with every kind of hat you could possibly imagine parading around the race course. You'll spot Chanelegant black and white creations, Laduree pastel delights and dainty fascinators. Our hall of hat fame includes Lara Stone who wore a twisted cream hat to match her simple shift dress and the Queen's 50 shades of hats. Katherine Jenkins is always a regular racegoer and she certainly isn't scared of making a statement - last year she wore neon Roksanda with a matching Philip Treacy creation.

Hats papped by Grazia last year [Instagram: Grazia_live]

Things aren't always so, err, classy. Some of the most bonkers (and we mean bonkers) creations over the past few years include a Full English hat complete with beans, bacon, sausages and a fried egg. Last year several brave racegoers cultivated their own gardens on top of their heads. Florence Claridge from Dover wore a fuschia plant instead of a hat and we spotted Isabell Kristensen with a single giant rose on top of her head.

The Royal Ascot 2013 [Getty]

Last year our award for the most, erm, striking headgear went to the lady sporting a blue disk with a silver fish and giant feathers flying off it. The mad hatter award meanwhile went to the girl hiding under a pink, Dr Seuss construction with a 'hats, hats, hats' sign jutting off the side.

Take a look through the gallery above to see the best and worst hats in the gallery above...


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