Ladies set a glamorous tone as they join 12,000 other revellers at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar and racegoers certainly did not disappoint today.

The event, is a highlight of the British summer season and, after a year of uncertainty and lockdowns, the first day of the races today heralds the return of occasionwear for many.

Racegoers pulled out all the stops as they attended the first day of the race after 18 months of Covid restrictions, opting to wear a dazzling array of dresses, colourful face masks and over-the-top head gear.

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July.  

Meanwhile the Queen, 95, – an avid horse racing fan – will not make an appearance due to ongoing restrictions, marking only the second time in 69 years that she hasn’t attended the event. 

The Queen’s racing manager John Warren told Radio 4 today: ‘Obviously the Queen would love to attend, as you know she’s fanatic about racing, watching racing and breeding horses, and has been going to Ascot all of her adult life. So, it’s a shame to miss an event.

‘The plan at the moment is to see how it goes towards the latter part of the week and if the Queen’s able to come because she’s got runners, then, fingers crossed, it will happen.’

Royal Ascot is one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar and racegoers certainly did not disappoint today

Royal Ascot is one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar and racegoers certainly did not disappoint today

Royal Ascot is one of the most glamorous occasions in the British social calendar and racegoers certainly did not disappoint today

Racegoers pulled out all the stops as they attended the first day of the race after 18 months of Covid restrictions, opting to wear a dazzling array of dresses, colourful face masks and over-the-top head gear

Racegoers pulled out all the stops as they attended the first day of the race after 18 months of Covid restrictions, opting to wear a dazzling array of dresses, colourful face masks and over-the-top head gear

Racegoers pulled out all the stops as they attended the first day of the race after 18 months of Covid restrictions, opting to wear a dazzling array of dresses, colourful face masks and over-the-top head gear

Racegoers pulled out all the stops as they attended the first day of the race after 18 months of Covid restrictions, opting to wear a dazzling array of dresses, colourful face masks and over-the-top head gear

Racegoers pulled out all the stops as they attended the first day of the race after 18 months of Covid restrictions, opting to wear a dazzling array of dresses, colourful face masks and over-the-top head gear

Feeling floral! Another racegoer wowed in a elegant oversized flower fascinator with yellow and red petals (pictured)

Feeling floral! Another racegoer wowed in a elegant oversized flower fascinator with yellow and red petals (pictured)

Feeling floral! Another racegoer wowed in a elegant oversized flower fascinator with yellow and red petals (pictured) 

One enthusiastic race-goer donned a hat featuring colourful birds on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet (pictured)

One enthusiastic race-goer donned a hat featuring colourful birds on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet (pictured)

One enthusiastic race-goer donned a hat featuring colourful birds on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet (pictured)

One enthusiastic race-goer donned a hat featuring colourful birds on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet (pictured)

One enthusiastic race-goer donned a hat featuring colourful birds on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet (pictured) 

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Double trouble: This pair dazzled when arriving at the races in elaborate ensembles, featuring eye-catching red and yellow designs (pictured)

Double trouble: This pair dazzled when arriving at the races in elaborate ensembles, featuring eye-catching red and yellow designs (pictured)

A duo, dressed in vibrant frocks, pose together when arriving at Ascot

A duo, dressed in vibrant frocks, pose together when arriving at Ascot

Double trouble: These pairs dazzled when arriving at the races in elaborate ensembles – including eye-catching red and yellow designs (pictured left) and a bright orange frock (pictured right)

Among those who appeared delighted to attend was TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, who opted for a stunning cream and lemon yellow ensemble

Among those who appeared delighted to attend was TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, who opted for a stunning cream and lemon yellow ensemble

Among those who appeared delighted to attend was TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, who opted for a stunning cream and lemon yellow ensemble 

Exude elegance like Charlotte in a dress by Laura Green London

Charlotte Hawkins was one of the famous faces who attended the first day of Royal Ascot.

The TV presenter exuded elegance in a striking midi dress by Laura Green London, teamed with a Laylaleigh Millinery fascinator and embellished heels. Bravo to her stylist Sophie Kirkwood!

Crafted from lustrous silk, Charlotte’s dress combines a fit-and-flare silhouette with a colour-block print, providing a refreshing update to the classic style.

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Made in Chelsea star and presenter Georgia Toffolo donned an elegant baby blue gown for the event today, which she paired with a floral headband

Made in Chelsea star and presenter Georgia Toffolo donned an elegant baby blue gown for the event today, which she paired with a floral headband

Made in Chelsea star and presenter Georgia Toffolo donned an elegant baby blue gown for the event today, which she paired with a floral headband

Made in Chelsea star and presenter Georgia Toffolo donned an elegant baby blue gown for the event today, which she paired with a floral headband

Made in Chelsea star and presenter Georgia Toffolo donned an elegant baby blue gown for the event today, which she paired with a floral headband 

Monochrome magic! Others opted for a more elegant low-key black-and-white look for the raceday in Berkshire today

Monochrome magic! Others opted for a more elegant low-key black-and-white look for the raceday in Berkshire today

Others opted for a more elegant low-key look for the raceday, with one opting to wear a monochrome lace ensemble to the event

Others opted for a more elegant low-key look for the raceday, with one opting to wear a monochrome lace ensemble to the event

Monochrome magic! Others opted for a more elegant low-key black-and-white look for the raceday in Berkshire today 

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Some wore rainbow themed accessories for the event today, in a tribute to NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic  

One elegant racegoer posed in a power blue gown with pussybow and pearl detailing as she arrived at the event today

One elegant racegoer posed in a power blue gown with pussybow and pearl detailing as she arrived at the event today

One elegant racegoer posed in a power blue gown with pussybow and pearl detailing as she arrived at the event today

One elegant racegoer posed in a power blue gown with pussybow and pearl detailing as she arrived at the event today

One elegant racegoer posed in a power blue gown with pussybow and pearl detailing as she arrived at the event today 

Last month, The Telegraph reported the Queen would miss the Royal Ascot meeting later this month due to ongoing restrictions.

At the time, it was said the monarch ‘may decide to attend’ if she has a horse running in one of the races.

Last year – when Ascot was held behind closed doors – was the first time the Queen had missed it in her entire reign. 

Many of the glamourous racegoers in attendance opted to wear matching facemasks with the colourful ensembles.  

Comedian and Strictly Come Dancing champion Bill Bailey and his wife Kristin Bailey appeared in good spirits as they arrived at the races today (left) and

Comedian and Strictly Come Dancing champion Bill Bailey and his wife Kristin Bailey appeared in good spirits as they arrived at the races today (left) and

TV presenter Rosie Tapner was also in attendance

TV presenter Rosie Tapner was also in attendance

Comedian and Strictly Come Dancing champion Bill Bailey and his wife Kristin Bailey appeared in good spirits as they arrived at the races today (left) while TV presenter Rosie Tapner was also in attendance (right) 

Sporting a fetching kilt and matching tartan hat, one racegoer pulled out all the stops for the event and stayed safe with a rainbow face covering

Sporting a fetching kilt and matching tartan hat, one racegoer pulled out all the stops for the event and stayed safe with a rainbow face covering

Sporting a fetching kilt and matching tartan hat, one racegoer pulled out all the stops for the event and stayed safe with a rainbow face covering

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July

Here come the girls! Royal Ascot racegoers held nothing back when it came to choosing eye-catching fashion for the day

Here come the girls! Royal Ascot racegoers held nothing back when it came to choosing eye-catching fashion for the day

Here come the girls! Royal Ascot racegoers held nothing back when it came to choosing eye-catching fashion for the day 

The former Miss. World - who shared her only child Jonathan with Sir Bruce Forsyth until he passed away in 2017 - could be seen posing as she arrived at the event today

The former Miss. World - who shared her only child Jonathan with Sir Bruce Forsyth until he passed away in 2017 - could be seen posing as she arrived at the event today

Sir Bruce Forsyth's widow Lady Wilnelia, 64, cut an elegant figure in a black and white jumpsuit at the event today (pictured)

Sir Bruce Forsyth's widow Lady Wilnelia, 64, cut an elegant figure in a black and white jumpsuit at the event today (pictured)

Sir Bruce Forsyth’s widow Lady Wilnelia, 64, – who shared her only child Jonathan with Sir Bruce Forsyth until he passed away in 2017 – cut an elegant figure in a black and white jumpsuit at the event today (pictured)

Racegoers were happy to lap up the sunshine on the first day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire today (pictured, two women relax on a bench)

Racegoers were happy to lap up the sunshine on the first day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire today (pictured, two women relax on a bench)

Racegoers were happy to lap up the sunshine on the first day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire today (pictured, two women relax on a bench) 

Among those who appeared delighted to attend was TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, who opted for a stunning cream and lemon yellow outfit. 

Meanwhile another wowed in a baby blue tulle midi gown, which she perfectly coordinated with a matching facemask and huge fascinator, complete with pearl detailing.

Others plumped for costume-inspired looks with one couple wearing a full orange and yellow striped ensemble for the occasion. 

The full spectrum of race day style was on show as the first revellers arrived at Royal Ascot. 

The racing enthusiast opted to carry a small white handbag featured an illustration of a horse and jockey to the event

The racing enthusiast opted to carry a small white handbag featured an illustration of a horse and jockey to the event

The racing enthusiast opted to carry a small white handbag featured an illustration of a horse and jockey to the event

The racing enthusiast opted to carry a small white handbag featured an illustration of a horse and jockey to the event

Racing enthusiast Charlotte opted to carry a small white handbag featured an illustration of a horse and jockey to the event (pictured) 

Many of those attending appeared to be in high spirits as they arrived the event today, which is part of a government pilot scheme to reopen large-scale events

Many of those attending appeared to be in high spirits as they arrived the event today, which is part of a government pilot scheme to reopen large-scale events

Many of those attending appeared to be in high spirits as they arrived the event today, which is part of a government pilot scheme to reopen large-scale events 

Simply stunning! These glamorous ladies put on a glamorous display in flowing frocks and eye catching head wear

Simply stunning! These glamorous ladies put on a glamorous display in flowing frocks and eye catching head wear

Simply stunning! These glamorous ladies put on a glamorous display in flowing frocks and eye catching head wear 

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Revellers matched their face coverings to their elaborate dresses

Revellers matched their face coverings to their elaborate dresses

Extravagant headpieces and playful facemasks appeared to be the order of the day for racegoers, who were overjoyed to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions 

Double trouble! One pair of friends wore matching outfits for the occasion, opting for green floral gowns, nude heels and black face masks

Double trouble! One pair of friends wore matching outfits for the occasion, opting for green floral gowns, nude heels and black face masks

Double trouble! One pair of friends wore matching outfits for the occasion, opting for green floral gowns, nude heels and black face masks

Groups of people appeared in great spirits as they headed to the races and embraced the chance to get dressed up as they posed outside the venue

Groups of people appeared in great spirits as they headed to the races and embraced the chance to get dressed up as they posed outside the venue

Groups of people appeared in great spirits as they headed to the races and embraced the chance to get dressed up as they posed outside the venue 

Unsurprisingly, hats where the focus of many racegoers’ outfits, with flowers, feathers and beading all on display. 

The event comes under the Government’s Events Research Programme, and involves the expanded trialling of the NHS App and lateral flow tests to demonstrate a person’s Covid status. 

Ascot had been planning for an attendance of 4,000 a day. The new figure will allow all those who rolled over 2020 bookings to be accommodated with a ‘material but not significant’ number of tickets left over, according to a track spokesperson. 

The number of spectators will be well below the usual attendance of over 300,000 over the five days but the increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, whose 73 royal meeting victories have only been bettered by Lester Piggott (116).  

Armed police officers could be seen standing guard as race-goers arrive on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet

Armed police officers could be seen standing guard as race-goers arrive on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet

Armed police officers could be seen standing guard as race-goers arrive on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet 

Forget the action on the track! Racegoers do their best to steal the show in daring hats - which include bizarre shapes and eye-catching designs

Forget the action on the track! Racegoers do their best to steal the show in daring hats - which include bizarre shapes and eye-catching designs

Forget the action on the track! Racegoers do their best to steal the show in daring hats - which include bizarre shapes and eye-catching designs

Forget the action on the track! Racegoers do their best to steal the show in daring hats - which include bizarre shapes and eye-catching designs

Forget the action on the track! Racegoers do their best to steal the show in daring hats – which include bizarre shapes and eye-catching designs

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July

The event is part of a list of pilot events taking place, allowing 12,000 revellers to attend, before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic in July

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

Strike a pose! Looking as stunning as a rainbow, these women appeared elegant in various pastel shades when attending Ascot in matching frocks and hats

One woman opted to wear an eyecatching large yellow headband for the event, complete with feather and butterfly detailing (pictured)

One woman opted to wear an eyecatching large yellow headband for the event, complete with feather and butterfly detailing (pictured)

One woman opted to wear an eyecatching large yellow headband for the event, complete with feather and butterfly detailing (pictured) 

Dressed to the nines! This group of women looked nothing short of stunning in their colour coordinated white and blue frocks and statement fascinators

Dressed to the nines! This group of women looked nothing short of stunning in their colour coordinated white and blue frocks and statement fascinators

Dressed to the nines! This group of women looked nothing short of stunning in their colour coordinated white and blue frocks and statement fascinators 

Once inside, groups of friends could be seen crowding together at the pilot event, which is part of a government scheme allowing a crowd of 12,000 to gather

Once inside, groups of friends could be seen crowding together at the pilot event, which is part of a government scheme allowing a crowd of 12,000 to gather

Once inside, groups of friends could be seen crowding together at the pilot event, which is part of a government scheme allowing a crowd of 12,000 to gather 

Safety in style! One woman opted to make a statement with her mask as it read she'd only remove it for champagne

Safety in style! One woman opted to make a statement with her mask as it read she'd only remove it for champagne

Another woman made sure her face covering was dotted with pearl detailing to match her dress and fascinator

Another woman made sure her face covering was dotted with pearl detailing to match her dress and fascinator

Safety in style! These woman opted to match their masks to their ensembles as they kept themselves protected on the day, with one featuring the words ‘only remove for champagne’ and the other dotted with pearls 

Dettori, who was leading rider at the royal meeting for the seventh time last year, said: ‘There’s nothing better than Royal Ascot with people. I know it’s not 60,000 (a day) but it’s better than what we thought. 

‘Last year I was leading rider at Royal Ascot and won three Group Ones, including the Gold Cup. To have nobody there to see any of that, it was like someone had cut my arm off.

‘Those are the biggest races we’ve got here and I won them in front of empty grandstands. It goes without saying it wasn’t the same.’ 

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed.  

Many of the racegoers opted to wear face coverings as they arrived at the event, which is one of a pilot scheme allowing 12,00 revellers to attend

Many of the racegoers opted to wear face coverings as they arrived at the event, which is one of a pilot scheme allowing 12,00 revellers to attend

Many of the racegoers opted to wear face coverings as they arrived at the event, which is one of a pilot scheme allowing 12,00 revellers to attend

Gentlemen arriving at the event opted to wear their the traditional tails and top hats (pictured)

Gentlemen arriving at the event opted to wear their the traditional tails and top hats (pictured)

Gentlemen arriving at the event opted to wear their the traditional tails and top hats (pictured) 

With the clue in the name, Royal Ascot is hugely popular with the monarchy and Her Majesty is usually a regular at the event. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, she had attended every year since ascending the throne. 

Last year, dedicated Royal Ascot showed off their finest frocks and fascinators while celebrating the fourth day of the racing meet at home. 

Even the most committed fans were left watching jockeys riding, wearing face masks, broadcast virtually.

Among the racing enthusiasts who stayed at home was the Queen, who has been forced to watch the event from Windsor Castle for the first time in her 68-year reign.

In an emotional note shared last year, Her Majesty praised the ‘valiant’ efforts of organisers and said she is sure it will still be the ‘highlight’ of the racing calendar, despite the ‘different’ circumstances.

Many of those attending the event today appeared elated to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Many of those attending the event today appeared elated to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Many of those attending the event today appeared elated to be back at the races after 18 months of Covid restrictions

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed

Visitors to the Royal and Queen Anne enclosures have to abide by a strict dress code, which does not allow bare midriffs or strapless dresses, but for guests in the Windsor and other enclosures the rules are more relaxed

Two race goers posewere caught laughing

Two race goers posewere caught laughing

Two race goers were caught laughing as they attended day one of Royal Ascot in white in decorative hats and dresses 

One racegoers posed in an elaborate fuchsia hat paired with a pink and white floral dress

One racegoers posed in an elaborate fuchsia hat paired with a pink and white floral dress

One guest opted for a green satin dress emblazoned with an orange floral design paired with a mustard clutch bag and green hat decorated with butterflies

One guest opted for a green satin dress emblazoned with an orange floral design paired with a mustard clutch bag and green hat decorated with butterflies

Left; One racegoers posed in an elaborate fuchsia hat paired with a pink and white floral dress. Right; one guest opted for a green satin dress emblazoned with an orange floral design paired with a mustard clutch bag and green hat decorated with butterflies

This stylish guest posed at the event donning a pastel pink dress with a matching head dress, cat-eye sunglasses and a statement red lip

This stylish guest posed at the event donning a pastel pink dress with a matching head dress, cat-eye sunglasses and a statement red lip

This stylish guest posed at the event donning a pastel pink dress with a matching head dress, cat-eye sunglasses and a statement red lip 

One guest donned a monochrome dress for the event

One guest donned a monochrome dress for the event

A couple are pictured walking past Royal Ascot's royal enclosure

A couple are pictured walking past Royal Ascot's royal enclosure

Outfits at the event ranged from chic monochrome (left) to more daring outfits which included one couple wearing matching orange and red pinstripes 

Revellers wearing elaborate fascinators chat and laugh together after entering the grounds at Ascot Racecourse

Revellers wearing elaborate fascinators chat and laugh together after entering the grounds at Ascot Racecourse

Revellers wearing elaborate fascinators chat and laugh together after entering the grounds at Ascot Racecourse

One guest stopped to rest his legs on one of the benches dotted around the venue

One guest stopped to rest his legs on one of the benches dotted around the venue

Two guests were spotted chatting on one of the benches dotted around the venue

Two guests were spotted chatting on one of the benches dotted around the venue

Guests stop to relax at benches dotted around the venue which have been set out at a safe distance from one another amid the ongoing Covid restrictions 

This year’s Royal Ascot Style Guide, in association with Swiss watch brand Longines, was keen to demonstrate to racing followers around the world that the Royal Meeting is about looking your best – and that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy something brand new. 

With a focus on sustainability and the art of conscious shopping, garments featured include those sourced from charity shops, nearly new boutiques, vintage emporiums and re-sale websites, as well as British and sustainable fashion labels.  

Legendary stylist and Queen of Thrifting Bay Garnett sourced feature looks by well-known names such as Chanel, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from Rellik, Cancer Care, eBay, Found & Vision, My Wardrobe HQ and Circle of Style. 

Visionary photographer Tom Craig brought his creative eye to the campaign with the duo creating images that elevate the world of pre-loved fashion. 

Two racegoers laugh together while sharing a glass of Pimm's together in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot

Two racegoers laugh together while sharing a glass of Pimm's together in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot

Two racegoers laugh together while sharing a glass of Pimm’s together in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot 

One racegoer donned Chanel earrings for the event

One racegoer donned Chanel earrings for the event

One guest donned a bright pink face mask paired with a black hat and red dress

One guest donned a bright pink face mask paired with a black hat and red dress

Revellers matched their face coverings to their outfits as they attended the first day of the glamorous event today 

One racegoer attended the event in a stylish emerald dress paired with a magnificent floral fascinator, sunglasses and wedge sandals

One racegoer attended the event in a stylish emerald dress paired with a magnificent floral fascinator, sunglasses and wedge sandals

One racegoer attended the event in a stylish emerald dress paired with a magnificent floral fascinator, sunglasses and wedge sandals  

One guest donned a blue jacket paired with a floral dress and grey hat as she prepared for one of the races today

One guest donned a blue jacket paired with a floral dress and grey hat as she prepared for one of the races today

One guest donned a floral dress and purple fascinator

One guest donned a floral dress and purple fascinator

Guests could be seen in their finery browsing through the selection of horses on their racecard ahead of the races today 

One gentlemen seen relaxing on a bench in between races today opted to wear the the traditional tails and top hats to the event

One gentlemen seen relaxing on a bench in between races today opted to wear the the traditional tails and top hats to the event

One gentlemen seen relaxing on a bench in between races today opted to wear the the traditional tails and top hats to the event 

A socially distanced crowd of well dressed guests can be seen stood in the stands keenly awaiting the start of one of the races

A socially distanced crowd of well dressed guests can be seen stood in the stands keenly awaiting the start of one of the races

A socially distanced crowd of well dressed guests can be seen stood in the stands keenly awaiting the start of one of the races

A socially distanced crowd of well dressed guests can be seen stood in the stands keenly awaiting the start of one of the races

A socially distanced crowd of well dressed guests can be seen stood in the stands keenly awaiting the start of one of the races 

Fashionable ladies donning a colourful array of summer frocks at Royal Ascot chatted as they waited for the first race to begin

Fashionable ladies donning a colourful array of summer frocks at Royal Ascot chatted as they waited for the first race to begin

Fashionable ladies donning a colourful array of summer frocks at Royal Ascot chatted as they waited for the first race to begin 

Three gentlemen sport top hats and Boutonniere roses while sipping on champagne in a Royal Enclosure box

Three gentlemen sport top hats and Boutonniere roses while sipping on champagne in a Royal Enclosure box

Three gentlemen sport top hats and Boutonniere roses while sipping on champagne in a Royal Enclosure box 

Bay Garnett commented ahead of the event: ‘Royal Ascot is one of the most glamorous and traditional events of British sporting life. 

‘To have an opportunity to bring second hand into this context was very exciting and I jumped at the chance!

‘This is exactly the sort of event that can change the perception around second hand clothes. I hope that this year’s Style Guide shows that by buying second hand, it is not only a better choice for the environment but is also a way to dress in a fun, individual and stylish way.’

For 2021, the Royal Enclosure Style Guide features British brands, paying homage to the incredible talent and style found across the nation, as well as established international names. 

A couple of racegoers pose a selfie while donning a blush pink gown paired with a matching floral fascinator and top hat and tails

A couple of racegoers pose a selfie while donning a blush pink gown paired with a matching floral fascinator and top hat and tails

A couple of racegoers pose a selfie while donning a blush pink gown paired with a matching floral fascinator and top hat and tails 

One racegoer teamed her elegant white dress with a dainty pearl necklace and matching earrings, alongside a white hat complete with a netted veil and embellished with orange flowers

One racegoer teamed her elegant white dress with a dainty pearl necklace and matching earrings, alongside a white hat complete with a netted veil and embellished with orange flowers

Another was seen donning a glamorous red dress with a matching floral fascinator

Another was seen donning a glamorous red dress with a matching floral fascinator

One racegoer teamed her elegant white dress with a dainty pearl necklace and matching earrings, alongside a white hat complete with a netted veil and embellished with orange flowers. Another was seen donning a glamorous red dress with a matching floral fascinator

Socially distanced racegoers can be seen relaxing on benches as they chat in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot

Socially distanced racegoers can be seen relaxing on benches as they chat in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot

Socially distanced racegoers can be seen relaxing on benches as they chat in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot 

Time for a top up! Two guests donning glamorous get frocks and hats could be seen re-applying their make-up in between races

Time for a top up! Two guests donning glamorous get frocks and hats could be seen re-applying their make-up in between races

Time for a top up! Two guests donning glamorous get frocks and hats could be seen re-applying their make-up in between races 

Two racegoers chatted as they walked in between other guests at the socially distanced event today

Two racegoers chatted as they walked in between other guests at the socially distanced event today

Two racegoers chatted as they walked in between other guests at the socially distanced event today 

These guests appeared in good spirits as they watched the races from the stalls on the first day of Royal Ascot today

These guests appeared in good spirits as they watched the races from the stalls on the first day of Royal Ascot today

These guests appeared in good spirits as they watched the races from the stalls on the first day of Royal Ascot today 

One gentleman and his wife browsed their racecard before turning their attention to the first race of the day

One gentleman and his wife browsed their racecard before turning their attention to the first race of the day

One gentleman and his wife browsed their racecard before turning their attention to the first race of the day 

Felicity Barnard, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse, commented: ‘We anticipate Royal Ascot 2021 will be an important event in this year’s calendar as the highest profile formal occasionwear outing in Britain for over a year.

The event is known for setting the trends but more than anything, we see 2021 as an opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.

‘We have chosen this year’s 10th anniversary Style Guide to shine a spotlight on pre-loved fashion and encourage racegoers to ‘shop their wardrobes’.

‘We were thrilled with the images Bay and Tom produced for 2021. They demonstrate that whilst Royal Ascot is an elite sporting event, dressing for the occasion is not in itself an elite sport.’

‘We look forward to celebrating the festivities with everyone in June, be they with us at the racecourse or watching all the action from home.’

A musician donning a pink dress and fascinator is pictured playing the harp nearby the entrance to the Royal Enclosure today

A musician donning a pink dress and fascinator is pictured playing the harp nearby the entrance to the Royal Enclosure today

A musician donning a pink dress and fascinator is pictured playing the harp nearby the entrance to the Royal Enclosure today  

Two guests appeared in good spirits today

Two guests appeared in good spirits today

They applauded after the horses went past the finishing post for the first race

They applauded after the horses went past the finishing post for the first race

These two guests appeared in good spirits as they applauded after the horses went past the finishing post for the first race

Socially distanced guests sipped their drinks and looked out onto the parade ring on the first day of the races

Socially distanced guests sipped their drinks and looked out onto the parade ring on the first day of the races

Socially distanced guests sipped their drinks and looked out onto the parade ring on the first day of the races 

Glamorous ladies finished their drinks and browed their racecards as the first race gets underway at the event

Glamorous ladies finished their drinks and browed their racecards as the first race gets underway at the event

Glamorous ladies finished their drinks and browed their racecards as the first race gets underway at the event 

Guests who had dressed up to the nines chatted in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot today

Guests who had dressed up to the nines chatted in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot today

Guests who had dressed up to the nines chatted in between races on the first day of Royal Ascot today 

A glamorous lady and gentleman posed for a selfie as they sipped on champagne and beer at the first day of Royal Ascot

A glamorous lady and gentleman posed for a selfie as they sipped on champagne and beer at the first day of Royal Ascot

A glamorous lady and gentleman posed for a selfie as they sipped on champagne and beer at the first day of Royal Ascot

Ascot has a strict dress code, with dresses and skirts required to be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. 

Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.

Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered. 

Trouser suits are welcome but should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.

Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses and tops.Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted.

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