Photos: Beautiful and strange, hats impress at Royal Ascot horse race

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The highly anticipated and prestigious annual Royal Ascot horse race drew a crowd adorned in their most elegant attire, featuring a stunning array of fine frocks and an impressive assortment of hats in varying hues and heights.

The presence of royalty added to the grandeur of the event, with Camilla gracing the occasion in a striking cobalt-blue dress complemented by a wide-brimmed matching hat, while Charles exuded sophistication in a formal gray suit paired with a distinguished top hat.

This five-day racing extravaganza, located in Berkshire, southeast England, is steeped in tradition. Its origins date back to 1711 when Queen Anne established the inaugural edition of this quintessentially British spectacle according to the event’s organizers.

ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Guests attend the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: A general view of guests in the parade ring on day one of Royal Ascot 2024 at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)  Julia McGraw wears a large flower themed pick hat, poses for the photographers as she arrives for the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  Prince William walks in the parade ring after presenting awards for the Prince of Wales Stakes, on the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  Vivienne Jenner wears an ornate hat as she poses for the photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: (L-R) Hannah Betts, Victoria Grant, Lisa Tan and Angela Menz attend the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Giulia Mio and Sarah Soulsby attend the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Nikita Tutus poses for a photograph as she arrives for first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)  Clair Frank wears a peacock themed hat as she poses for the photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)  Racegoers wearing ornate hats arrive for the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: A guest attends the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Anastasia Tutus (C) and guests attend the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Ewa Johnson poses for the media wearing an ornate hat on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Virginia Godwin attends the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Lucy Whitehead wears an ornate has as she poses for the photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Awon Golding attends the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Catherine Stewart wears an ornate hat and necklace based on a variety of British confectionary as she poses for the photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Fiona Andrew (R) and a guest attend the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Louise Roe attends the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Henry Southan (L) and guest attend the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Racegoers arrive on the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: A guest attends the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: A guest attends day one of Royal Ascot 2024 at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: A guest attends the 3rd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Bugzy Malone and a guest attend the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Flora Gibbs attends day one of Royal Ascot 2024 at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: (L-R) Frankie Foster, Nana Acheampong, Scott Wimsett and Louise Roe attend the 2nd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Sarah Soulsby attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Sarah Soulsby (R2) and guests attend the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Flora Macdonald Johnston attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Zara Sassoon-Munns wearing bright yellow outfit embraces AJ Pritchard as she poses for a photograph on the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Tamika Jeffries attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive by carriage during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, England, Friday June 21, 2024. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: A guests a attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Zaily Rubenstein attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: A guest attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Martha Lynn attends the 1st day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Bethan Jenkins attends the 2nd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Seijyu Kaho attends the 2nd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Lady Eliza Spencer attends the 2nd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Betty Bachz attends the 2nd day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Nana Acheampong attends the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Rosie Tapner attends the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Tamara Holmgren and Mark Battles attend the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: A guest attends the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  ASCOT, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Dr Jane Mulrooney attends the 4th day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2024 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)  A racegoer with a large floral and butterfly themed hat poses for a photograph on the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) 

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.