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Royal Ascot 2016: Fabulous Hats As Seen At The Races

Jun 14, 2016 03:23 PM EDT
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The Tootsie Rollers arrive at Royal Ascot 2016 at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2016 in Ascot, England.
(Chris Jackson/Getty Images )

Royal Ascot is so-called because it dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne.

Every year the five day racing event is attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage.

But the real spectacle of Royal Ascot, however, is arguably the fashion -- in particular the hats.

The wearing of hats is another tradition that traces its origins to the royals: it was not considered respectful to have one's head uncovered in the presence of the monarch.

On Ladies' Day, the hats often range from the exquisite to the eccentric. As one of the few remaining social occasions that requires ladies to wear hats, in recent years fashionistas have raised the bar with sculptural designs that are works of art in their own right.

This year's Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday, June 14 to Saturday, June 18. Thursday, June 16, is Ladies Day.

Click through the slide show to see the best hats at Royal Ascot

Royals attending Day 1 included The Queen, who arrived in a carriage with her husband Prince Phillip. Her Majesty wore a bright yellow coat and hat decorated with a floral arrangement in shades of blue and tan.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh take part in the Royal Procession on Day One of Royal Ascot
(Photo : Julian Herbert/Getty Images) HRH The Queen and prince Phillip

Also arriving by carriage were Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who wore a large hat in a delicate shade of pink that matched her ensemble, and Princess Beatrice, the Queen's grand-daughter, who looked relatively subdued in navy.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives in the parade ring at Royal Ascot 2016 at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2016 in Ascot, England.
(Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images) The Duchess of Cornwall

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Princess Beatrice arrives in the parade ring at Royal Ascot 2016 at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2016 in Ascot, England.
(Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Princess Beatrice

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is the daughter-in-law of the Queen, was seen wearing a stylish cream-colored fit and-flare dress with balloon sleeves. She wore a matching wide-brimmed hat embellished with a tangle of feathers.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex in the parade ring at Royal Ascot 2016
(Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Sophie Wessex

The Queen's daughter, Princess Anne was captured looking relaxed and happy. Like her sister-in-law Sophie, she was also wearing cream, this time a coat, with a constrasting black hat embellished with feathers.

 Princess Anne, Princess Royal, arrives in the parade ring at Royal Ascot 2016 at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2016 in Ascot, England.
(Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Princess Anne

Finally, Prince Harry cut a dash dressed in top hat and tails.

 Prince Harry arrives in the parade ring at Royal Ascot 2016 at Ascot Racecourse on June 14, 2016 in Ascot, England.
(Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Prince Harry

Click through the slideshow for photos of race-goers.

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