The Royal Ascot always doubles as Britain's crazy hat festival, and this year — even with a new dress code in place — was no different. Two major trends emerged from headgear at the races: food fascinators (including a full English breakfast) and Olympic-themed pieces (who wouldn't want to walk around with a giant torch on her head?). And, of course, the queen made a few appearances in a range of pastel suits with matching toppers. See these looks and the other getups that made it past the fashion police in our slideshow.
Soldiers! With flags! And butterflies! On a half-flag, half-flower! Luckily, she managed to find the only accessory that could really stand up to that: an Elmo-skin shrug.
It's smart to travel with a backup purse record in case your hat record goes haywire.
Lara Stone made an appearance in a rather baglike dress and a lovely sculptural hat. She looks like a pretty sailboat!
The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
Speaking of sails, this hat is trying so hard to fly away but it just ... can't ... make it.
According to the Urban Dictionary, fine filly could refer to a "stylish young woman" or "13 to 30-year-old female fans of the 2010 reboot of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Similar to, but not to be confused with "brony" (bro+pony) which is more often used for the male equivalent." We're thinking the latter.
Apparently, the price of snacks at these races has gotten so high that people have resorted to sneaking in their own food. Remind us to wear that cup of Tasti D-Lite on our heads the next time we go to the movies instead of trying to hide it in our purses.
What goes best with a fur stole? A full English breakfast.
The next best thing to standing in line next to the hat buffet? Standing next to this lady's mini World Cup soccer game ... especially if there's an itty bitty David Beckham in the match.
Gotta love a lady who brings Champagne on ice, but how are you supposed to drink that?
Oh, she's got us covered.
We knew those balloon-making classes wouldn't completely go to waste.
The hat's impressive, but the nail art steals the show.
Anna Dello Russo is jealous.
Felicia and James Brocklebank
This hat is like showing up to a potluck empty-handed and taking two helpings of everything: not cool.
He's all ready for the polka-dot masquerade after-party.
Either this woman is like those guys that magically appear outside every subway station to sell you an overpriced umbrella when it rains, or she's just rubbing it in everyone's face that she came prepared for the drizzle.
As a stylist, Caroline Sieber really knows how to make most things look good. Sure, the hat looks a bit like a deflated feather duster, but the dress is pretty, and compared to her neighbors, it's quite tasteful.
This is straight out of the Kardashian Kollection's Royal Ascot line.
Sometimes the next best thing to being on vacation is sprouting some green tiger-striped feathers from your head and dressing like a tree.
Jackie St. Clair
Points for handling that lawn in stilettos.
This will hopefully get a lot of wear this summer.
Wearing this hat should be an Olympic event unto itself.
Yes, those are flowers molded into Olympic rings and stuck to a sequined British flag.
The Monopoly man after a bender.
Lesson learned: A driving cap with a flower blooming off the side is much less controversial than a vertical pink bow.
Who knows why the caged bird ... wears that?
She looks like she could really use that drink.
You've got to admire a lady who sticks to her sartorial guns. She was a regular at the races this year in a range of pastel coats and matching hats. She looks like a delicious box of Easter macarons!
Anyone can match a hat to a dress, but it takes a real pioneer to match a hat to a bustle.
The guy in the back is so glad he wore sunglasses.
Starring on the next season of Britain's Got Talent, a woman and her tiny piano-playing dove!
Jackie St. Clair
The great thing about this hat is you don't need to worry about storing it in tissue paper.
This is what happens when an ostrich gets loose in the peony patch.
Princess Anne's purple rose could use a drink.
A face-framing pearl necklace: Who would have thought?
She and Kate apparently share shoe closets.
We know you were worried there weren't going to be any stuffed birds. This guy and his stuffed parakeet are so last year.
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