UK

In pictures: Royal Ascot Ladies' Day

Ladies Day, on the third day of Royal Ascot, is a major fixture of the social season, and traditionally the busiest day of the five-day meet.

The dress code is strict. In the Royal enclosure a hat must be worn, strapless dresses are banned, midriffs must be covered, and trouser suits, of full length, must match.

But despite the rules, there is plenty of room for creative sartorial expression.

Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption In the Royal Enclosure, headpieces with a base of less than 4in (10cm) in diameter are deemed "unacceptable" - but there is no upper size limit
Image copyright PA
Image caption "Art couture" designer Larisa Katz topped her striking red outfit off with one of the larger headpieces of the day
Image copyright PA
Image caption Others opted for more muted elegance
Image copyright PA
Image caption There was a trend for wildlife-inspired headwear among many racegoers
Image copyright ALl Sport / Getty
Image caption This trio stepped out in an explosion of tropical foliage
Image copyright PA
Image caption An outfit designed by Inga Kovalerova took the botanical theme further still
Image copyright ALl Sport/Getty
Image caption The Queen's hat caused some problems for bookmakers. Its official colour - "pistachio" - was not on their betting list. They decided to pay out on four colours: white, blue, green and turquoise.
Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Model Lystra Adams sported feathers in the colours of the Jamaican flag with green lipstick to match
Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A number of other racegoers also made a statement with feathers and flowers
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Tootsie Rollers singing group showed off their matching white 1950s themed outfits
Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption While this group of friends went for a kaleidoscope of contrasting colours
Image copyright AP
Image caption Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice looked demure as they watched the racing from the Royal enclosure
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Outside the grounds, anti-horse racing activists Polish pop star Pola Pospieszalska and model Victoria Eisermann drew attention with more risque choices of outfit
Image copyright PA
Image caption This group took a break from the racing and made the most of the sunshine with a picnic in the carpark
Image copyright PA
Image caption Meanwhile, others carried their lunch on their head. Yaseen Ali-Choudhrey wore a hat made of sausages
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Racegoer Jennifer Dardling sported a teddybear's picnic-inspired headpiece
Image copyright PA
Image caption And Ladies' Day wasn't just about the women - there was room for some creative get up from the men too
Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Which became more creative as the day progressed
Image copyright ALl Sport/Getty
Image caption Even the canine contingent made an effort with the dress code
Image copyright EPA
Image caption Headwear remained intact, but by the end of the day there were a few tired legs

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites