Glam Ascot racegoers brighten up a rainy Ladies’ Day with colourful dresses, lavish hats and skyscraper heels

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IT WAS a soggy start to day three of Royal Ascot – but stunning racegoers ensured the weather wasn’t going to dampen their spirits.

Female attendees wore their brightest colours and most eye-catching hats for Ladies Day at the East Berkshire event.

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The latest day of Royal Ascot has brought some head-turning looksCredit: Splash

Spectators could be seen arriving at Royal Ascot today in dresses that were all colours of the rainbow – along with gorgeous towering heels.

The wisest among them wore hats so wide they shielded them from the rain, while others were spotted grappling with umbrellas.

Some of the famous faces at today’s gathering were actress Andrea Riseborough, presenter Charlotte Hawkins and Strictly pro Janette Manrara.

The royals in attendance were Princess Anne, Zara Phillips and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Strictly pro Janette Manrara looked gorgeous in coral

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Strictly pro Janette Manrara looked gorgeous in coralCredit: Getty
Zara Phillips returned for the second time in a week

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Zara Phillips returned for the second time in a weekCredit: i-Images
Princess Anne made her third visit

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Princess Anne made her third visitCredit: Reuters
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has also been a daily visitor

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has also been a daily visitorCredit: Rex
This lady opted for a chic monochrome ensemble

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This lady opted for a chic monochrome ensembleCredit: Splash
These women brought some tropical hues to the gathering

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These women brought some tropical hues to the gatheringCredit: Hyde News & Pictures
This lady opted for bright pink

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This lady opted for bright pinkCredit: Getty
One of the more eye-catching ensembles

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One of the more eye-catching ensemblesCredit: Hyde News & Pictures
Sunshine came in the outfits

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Sunshine came in the outfitsCredit: Rex
This baby blue hat was a pretty summery touch

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This baby blue hat was a pretty summery touchCredit: Rex
Andrea Riseborough opted for a more understated shade

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Andrea Riseborough opted for a more understated shadeCredit: Getty
These women looked pretty in pink

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These women looked pretty in pinkCredit: Splash
Floral was one of the most popular patterns

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Floral was one of the most popular patternsCredit: Rex
There are 12,000 racegoers expected today

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There are 12,000 racegoers expected todayCredit: Splash
The hats on display were sights to behold

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The hats on display were sights to beholdCredit: Splash
This spectator let her hat do the talking

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This spectator let her hat do the talkingCredit: Getty
It was wise to stay well-prepared for the showers

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It was wise to stay well-prepared for the showersCredit: Getty
This lady was sporting a rather unique hat

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This lady was sporting a rather unique hatCredit: Hyde News & Pictures
Pink was a popular choice

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Pink was a popular choiceCredit: Getty
The hats were oversized

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The hats were oversizedCredit: Splash
Charlotte Hawkins wowed on day three of the horsing event

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Charlotte Hawkins wowed on day three of the horsing eventCredit: i-Images
This attendee stunned in orange

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This attendee stunned in orangeCredit: Rex
Many opted for hats that happened to keep off the rain

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Many opted for hats that happened to keep off the rainCredit: PA
This lady looked stylish in black

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This lady looked stylish in blackCredit: Getty
Others were forced to use umbrellas

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Others were forced to use umbrellasCredit: PA
Spectators did not allow the weather to dampen their spirits

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Spectators did not allow the weather to dampen their spiritsCredit: Rex
Visitors pulled out all the stops for Ladies Day

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Visitors pulled out all the stops for Ladies DayCredit: Splash

Yesterday, thirsty racegoers enjoyed champagne and cheered on their favourite horses beneath the sunshine.

And on the first day, female attendees turned heads in eye-catching dresses and extravagant hats.

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But those turning up for the latest instalment of the prestigious moment in the annual horse racing calendar did not disappoint.

Numerous fashionable ladies made their hats the focal point – including wide-brimmed pink feathery creations, and fascinators adorned with flowers.

However, the frocks did not disappoint either, covering rainbow hues such as fuchsia, baby blue and bright red.

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This trio masked up too

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This trio masked up tooCredit: i-Images
Some opted for a floor-length hem

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Some opted for a floor-length hemCredit: Splash
This lady's beautiful dress stood out

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This lady’s beautiful dress stood outCredit: Getty
The sun shone for some of the afternoon

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The sun shone for some of the afternoonCredit: Splash
Many opted for towering heels

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Many opted for towering heelsCredit: i-Images
Matching hat and frock was a popular style choice

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Matching hat and frock was a popular style choiceCredit: Getty
This dress was spot on

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This dress was spot onCredit: Getty
Some sipped on champagne while watching the races

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Some sipped on champagne while watching the racesCredit: Getty
This lady finished off her look with an elegant designer handbag

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This lady finished off her look with an elegant designer handbagCredit: Getty
The fashion did not disappoint

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The fashion did not disappointCredit: Getty
The weather forecast wasn't looking great

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The weather forecast wasn’t looking greatCredit: Splash
This lady opted for a statement skirt

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This lady opted for a statement skirtCredit: i-Images

The Queen was notably absent from Royal Ascot so far this week.

It is the second time in her 69-year reign that the monarch, 95, has been absent from the event, after being forced to stay away when the pandemic meant the 2020 event was held behind closed doors.

This year, an estimated 12,000 lucky racing fans are able to attend each day.

Her Majesty’s racing manager, John Warren, suggested to Radio 4 that she might make it to see some racing later in the week.

Bright dresses lifted spirits

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Bright dresses lifted spiritsCredit: Goff
The glamour was in full force

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The glamour was in full forceCredit: PA
Some struggled with the rain

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Some struggled with the rainCredit: i-Images
Others kept in the summer spirit

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Others kept in the summer spiritCredit: Splash

However, other members of the royal family have already made an appearance at Royal Ascot.

Zara Tindall along with husband Mike were in attendance on the first day.

Stepping out on both days were Princess Anne, as well as Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

There have even been some famous faces spotted at the meeting – including Simon Cowell and wife Lauren Silverman, as well as Georgia Toffolo.

One lady wrapped up warm

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One lady wrapped up warmCredit: i-Images
The hats were a feast for the eyes

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The hats were a feast for the eyesCredit: Goff
This lady cleverly coordinated her pink hat and shoes

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This lady cleverly coordinated her pink hat and shoesCredit: PA

As in previous years, guests have to adhere to a strict Royal Ascot dress code, which varies depending on which area you are in.

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.

There was much puddle-dodging happening

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There was much puddle-dodging happeningCredit: Splash
Many masked up too

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Many masked up tooCredit: PA

It hasn’t been confirmed if the Queen will be in attendance this year, but she 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 spectacle.

On Tuesday, Royal Ascot racegoers pulled out all the stops in a dazzling array of hats for the first day.

Last year, they glammed up at HOME after the pandemic impacted spectating plans.

And this is the official dress code – what you should wear to the racecourse and latest rules.

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