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Why do all these people wear big silly (and/or gorgeous) hats to Royal Ascot every year? Well, because they have to. Check out the royal dress code for Royal Ascot:
Her Majesty’s Representative wishes to point out that only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and miniskirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour. Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat. A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.And have a look at our gallery, above—we've stuck the royals near the end. What did Prince Charles and Camilla wear? What did the hat-tastically inclined Princess Beatrice wear? The suspense is killing you, right?
· Ascot [Official Site]