Queen MISSES Royal Ascot for just second time in 69 years as glam racegoers dazzle in huge hats

  • 11:24, 15 Jun 2021

THE most glamorous event in the racing calendar is back and Royal Ascot attendees have certainly pulled out all of the stops with their fashion looks. One person set to miss today’s racing meeting is the Queen, who has attended every since Royal Ascot during her 69-year reign, apart from the 2020 event.

Royal Ascot has kicked off in style, and revellers are dressed to the nines
Royal Ascot has kicked off in style, and revellers are dressed to the nines Credit: PA

Last year Royal Ascot was held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this year 12,000 lucky revellers are able to attend each day.

The Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, suggested to Radio 4 that it may be later in the week before Her Majesty goes to Royal Ascot.

The royals usually flock to enjoy the Ascot festivities together, and while the Monarch may be absent today, other members of the family are present for the racing.

Her stylish granddaughter Zara Tindall and husband Mike, along with Princess Anne, Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are all in attendance.

Women have donned their fanciest frocks and jaw-dropping hats for the launch of Royal Ascot 2021
Women have donned their fanciest frocks and jaw-dropping hats for the launch of Royal Ascot 2021 Credit: Getty
The Queen is set to miss Royal Ascot today for the second time in her 69-year reign - but could attend later in the week
The Queen is set to miss Royal Ascot today for the second time in her 69-year reign – but could attend later in the week Credit: Getty
Today, the Queen has received Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle
Today, the Queen has received Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle Credit: PA
While the Queen may be absent, her granddaughter Zara Tindall, and former rugby player husband Mike have cut a stylish figure at the event
While the Queen may be absent, her granddaughter Zara Tindall, and former rugby player husband Mike have cut a stylish figure at the event Credit: Max Mumby
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked pretty in pink as she entered the venue
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked pretty in pink as she entered the venue Credit: i-Images
Princess Anne looked bold in blue as she arrived without her mother
Princess Anne looked bold in blue as she arrived without her mother Credit: James Whatling
Prince Edward scrubbed up well in a sharp suit with a yellow tie and matching boutonnière lapel flower
Prince Edward scrubbed up well in a sharp suit with a yellow tie and matching boutonnière lapel flower Credit: James Whatling
This stunning racegoer went for a fruit theme with a strawberry dress and matching headpiece
This stunning racegoer went for a fruit theme with a strawberry dress and matching headpiece Credit: i-Images
This reveller dazzled in every colour of the rainbow for the stylish event
This reveller dazzled in every colour of the rainbow for the stylish event Credit: Getty
These beaming event-goers donned net fascinators that matched their bold frocks
These beaming event-goers donned net fascinators that matched their bold frocks Credit: i-Images

Today is the opening day of the five-day meeting and stylish racegoers have dusted off their show-stopping hats and eye-catching dresses for the occasion. Female racegoers could be seen enjoying the sunny weather in high-sky stilettos and elegant dresses. And, like always, many people took the opportunity to get creative with their looks, opting for bold, colourful ensembles and unusual headwear.  The notoriously strict dress code for Royal Ascot partly depends on which enclosure you happen to be in.

TV and Radio Presenter Charlotte Hawkins shines in yellow in a classic A-line dress
TV and Radio Presenter Charlotte Hawkins shines in yellow in a classic A-line dress Credit: Reuters
There was no missing this woman who transformed herself into a gigantic flower
There was no missing this woman who transformed herself into a gigantic flower Credit: Splash
This blue headpiece appeared to resemble a garden trellis, but the racegoer managed to pull it off with style
This blue headpiece appeared to resemble a garden trellis, but the racegoer managed to pull it off with style Credit: Splash
Women beamed as they returned to Royal Ascot, following the event being held virtually in 2020
Women beamed as they returned to Royal Ascot, following the event being held virtually in 2020 Credit: i-Images
This couple went bold for their matching yellow and red striped outfits
This couple went bold for their matching yellow and red striped outfits Credit: PA
These pals made us green with envy at their matching floral dresses
These pals made us green with envy at their matching floral dresses Credit: Splash
Girlband The Tootsie Rollers arrive ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Girlband The Tootsie Rollers arrive ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse Credit: i-Images
Wilnelia, Lady Forsyth-Johnson arrives ahead of day one of Royal Ascot
Wilnelia, Lady Forsyth-Johnson arrives ahead of day one of Royal Ascot Credit: PA
Last year the event took place virtually, so people have been dusting off their finest outfits for the 2021 festivities
Last year the event took place virtually, so people have been dusting off their finest outfits for the 2021 festivities Credit: Paul Edwards
This Ascot beauty looked stylish with a floral-themed headpiece and a cream ensemble
This Ascot beauty looked stylish with a floral-themed headpiece and a cream ensemble Credit: i-Images
People have not held back with their Ascot looks, including this butterfly-themed headpiece
People have not held back with their Ascot looks, including this butterfly-themed headpiece Credit: PA

If you’re lucky enough to be in the royal enclosure, ladies are asked to wear “modest” dresses or skirts which finish just above the knee or longer. Meanwhile, dresses or tops must have a strap of one inch or wider (strapless, off-the-shoulder and spaghetti straps are banned). Hats or fascinators are compulsory, with a base of four inches or more. If you’re in the cheaper Queen Anne Enclosure, ladies can get away with fascinators and slightly shorter dresses.

Friends posed for photos as they entered the famous racing venue
Friends posed for photos as they entered the famous racing venue Credit: i-Images
This stylish Ascot attendee donned a stunning blue hat to match her floral gown
This stylish Ascot attendee donned a stunning blue hat to match her floral gown Credit: i-Images
Ascot attracts many well-heeled racing fans, including this woman who was a vision in blue
Ascot attracts many well-heeled racing fans, including this woman who was a vision in blue Credit: i-Images
A general view of table settings ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
A general view of table settings ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse Credit: PA

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE FOR WOMEN

  • “Modest” dresses or skirts which finish just above the knee or longer
  • Dresses or tops with a strap of one inch or wider (strapless, off-the-shoulder and spaghetti straps are banned)
  • Trouser suits and jumpsuits are welcome, but must be full-length to the ankle
  • If wearing a trouser suit, jackets and trousers should be matching in material and colour
  • Hats or fascinators, with a base of 4ins or more, must be worn
  • Midriffs must be covered

It hasn’t been confirmed if the Queen will be in attendance this year, and the 2020 meeting was the first one the monarch missed in her 69-year reign. The Monarch, 95, usually arrives at Royal Ascot in a horse-drawn carriage, as the venue is located close to Windsor Castle. However, it has been confirmed that there will be no royal procession this year as there has been in the past. If you haven’t been lucky enough to bag a ticket for Royal Ascot, you can watch all of the races live on ITV. Usually more than 300,000 racegoers, dressed in their finery, gather for the five-day sporting and social highlight.

This woman in burgundy opted for an eye-catching, unusual fascinator for Ascot
This woman in burgundy opted for an eye-catching, unusual fascinator for Ascot Credit: Splash

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