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

Table of Contents OFFERS OF THE DAY ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE FOR WOMENTHE QUEEN’S LOVE OF ASCOTFREE BETS GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERERemember to gamble responsibly THE most glamorous event in the racing calendar is back and Royal Ascot attendees have certainly pulled out all of the […]

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 key 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.

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

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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.

Today, Her Majesty, 95, has instead received Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle.

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, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Women have donned their fanciest frocks and jaw-dropping hats for the launch of Royal Ascot 2021

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Women have donned their fanciest frocks and jaw-dropping hats for the launch of Royal Ascot 2021Credit: 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

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The Queen is set to miss Royal Ascot today for the second time in her 69-year reign – but could attend later in the weekCredit: Getty
Today, the Queen has received Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle

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Today, the Queen has received Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor CastleCredit: PA
Prince Charles has arrived at Ascot with top hat and matching black mask, along with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

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Prince Charles has arrived at Ascot with top hat and matching black mask, along with wife Camilla, Duchess of CornwallCredit: Max Mumby
Camilla looked polished in a striped grey and blue overcoat and matching mask

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Camilla looked polished in a striped grey and blue overcoat and matching maskCredit: Max Mumby

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

A number of famous faces were also snapped at the Berkshire meeting, including music mogul Simon Cowell and wife Lauren Silverman.

Meanwhile, I’m a Celebrity star Georgia “Toff” Toffolo opted for a pale blue dress with a plunging neckline.

While the Queen may be absent, her granddaughter Zara Tindall, and former rugby player husband Mike have cut a stylish figure at the event

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While the Queen may be absent, her granddaughter Zara Tindall, and former rugby player husband Mike have cut a stylish figure at the eventCredit: Max Mumby
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked pretty in pink as she entered the venue

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked pretty in pink as she entered the venueCredit: i-Images
Princess Anne looked bold in blue as she arrived without her mother

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Princess Anne looked bold in blue as she arrived without her motherCredit: James Whatling
Prince Edward scrubbed up well in a sharp suit with a yellow tie and matching boutonnière lapel flower

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Prince Edward scrubbed up well in a sharp suit with a yellow tie and matching boutonnière lapel flowerCredit: James Whatling
Simon Cowell and wife Lauren Silverman complimented each other in their chic ensembles

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Simon Cowell and wife Lauren Silverman complimented each other in their chic ensemblesCredit: BackGrid
I'm a Celebrity star Georgia Toffolo looked sensational in a pale blue dress with a plunging neckline

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I’m a Celebrity star Georgia Toffolo looked sensational in a pale blue dress with a plunging necklineCredit: 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.

This stunning racegoer went for a fruit theme with a strawberry dress and matching headpiece

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This stunning racegoer went for a fruit theme with a strawberry dress and matching headpieceCredit: i-Images
This reveller dazzled in every colour of the rainbow for the stylish event

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This reveller dazzled in every colour of the rainbow for the stylish eventCredit: Getty
These beaming event-goers donned net fascinators that matched their bold frocks

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These beaming event-goers donned net fascinators that matched their bold frocksCredit: i-Images
TV and Radio Presenter Charlotte Hawkins shines in yellow in a classic A-line dress

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TV and Radio Presenter Charlotte Hawkins shines in yellow in a classic A-line dressCredit: Reuters
There was no missing this woman who transformed herself into a gigantic flower

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There was no missing this woman who transformed herself into a gigantic flowerCredit: Splash
This blue headpiece appeared to resemble a garden trellis, but the racegoer managed to pull it off with style

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This blue headpiece appeared to resemble a garden trellis, but the racegoer managed to pull it off with styleCredit: Splash
Women beamed as they returned to Royal Ascot, following the event being held virtually in 2020

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Women beamed as they returned to Royal Ascot, following the event being held virtually in 2020Credit: i-Images
This couple went bold for their matching yellow and red striped outfits

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This couple went bold for their matching yellow and red striped outfitsCredit: PA
These pals made us green with envy at their matching floral dresses

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These pals made us green with envy at their matching floral dressesCredit: Splash
Girlband The Tootsie Rollers arrive ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

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Girlband The Tootsie Rollers arrive ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot RacecourseCredit: i-Images
Wilnelia, Lady Forsyth-Johnson arrives ahead of day one of Royal Ascot

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Wilnelia, Lady Forsyth-Johnson arrives ahead of day one of Royal AscotCredit: PA
Last year the event took place virtually, so people have been dusting off their finest outfits for the 2021 festivities

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Last year the event took place virtually, so people have been dusting off their finest outfits for the 2021 festivitiesCredit: Paul Edwards
This Ascot beauty looked stylish with a floral-themed headpiece and a cream ensemble

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This Ascot beauty looked stylish with a floral-themed headpiece and a cream ensembleCredit: i-Images
People have not held back with their Ascot looks, including this butterfly-themed headpiece

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People have not held back with their Ascot looks, including this butterfly-themed headpieceCredit: 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

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Friends posed for photos as they entered the famous racing venueCredit: i-Images
This stylish Ascot attendee donned a stunning blue hat to match her floral gown

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This stylish Ascot attendee donned a stunning blue hat to match her floral gownCredit: i-Images
Ascot attracts many well-heeled racing fans, including this woman who was a vision in blue

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Ascot attracts many well-heeled racing fans, including this woman who was a vision in blueCredit: i-Images
A general view of table settings ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

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A general view of table settings ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot RacecourseCredit: 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

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This woman in burgundy opted for an eye-catching, unusual fascinator for AscotCredit: Splash
This year, 12,000 people are attending each day of Royal Ascot, due to coronavirus restrictions

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This year, 12,000 people are attending each day of Royal Ascot, due to coronavirus restrictionsCredit: PA

THE QUEEN’S LOVE OF ASCOT

The Queen is known for her love of horses, and she traditionally attends Ascot each year.

In 1955, the event was postponed because of the national rail strike and held in July instead, but the Queen still attended with her sister Princess Margaret.

In 2017, the Queen had to dash from the State Opening of Parliament to Ascot when her speech in the House of Lords fell on the second day of the meeting.

The Queen has won around £7 million in prize money from horse racing over the past three decades.

Last year, Royal Ascot fans dress to the nines at HOME as they go all out in glam dresses and huge hats.

Here is the Royal Ascot dress code – what you should wear to the racecourse and latest rules.

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The Queen giggles as Mike Tindall yanks a chocolate top hat from his own head gear at Royal Ascot

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