A pink and yellow rose the size of a satellite dish blooms out of the head of one guest. Another is engulfed by a canopy of cascading feathers. Perched on the hairline of one blonde attendee sits an enormous sequined strawberry. These are the zany hats currently on show at the prestigious Royal Ascot 2021, an annual horse racing event and high point of the British social calendar.
This year, Royal Ascot is set to look different as guests pair quirky face-coverings with their outlandish hats, in line with current coronavirus restrictions.
A number of the Royal family were in attendance on Tuesday, including Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. Charles donned the same grey three-piece suit worn at Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding. Camilla wore a sky blue hat and striped dress, with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, opting for similarly understated tones of nude and blush. Meanwhile, Princess Anne stepped out in a resplendent royal blue dress, jacket and hat.