PHOTOS: Royal Ascot’s Ladies Day, Hats and All

That is one colorful crowd. (AP)

That is one hatted up crowd. (AP)

The Royal ladies, and sponsored guests, headed out to the small town of Ascot, Berkshire to attend The Royal Meeting, a five-day event, held at The Royal Ascot horse racecourse. Ladies’ Day took place on Thursday (June 20) in which women are asked to wear a hat that covers “the crown of their head,” a tradition founded in 1823 but dates back to the middle ages.

This year marks a first with Queen Elizabeth’s horse, named Estimate, winning the Gold Cup resulting in her being the first monarch to own a winning horse. While she’s not a betting woman, the prize money is estimated at £155,960. It’s very exciting for her and her horse … but, let’s get onto the hats why don’t we!

Her Majesty led the procession wearing a refined lavender hat. (AP)

Her Majesty led the procession wearing a refined lavender hat. (AP)

Princess Beatrice did not disappoint with her sphere, forehead topper. (AP)

Princess Beatrice did not disappoint with her forehead topper. (AP)

Sophie Countess Of Wessex dons a slick look. (AP)

Sophie Countess of Wessex dons a slick look. (AP)

It wouldn't be a hat party without a fascinator. Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton brought her A-game. (AP)

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton fascinates. (AP)

This rope-like hat (AP)

This rope-like hat ties up any loose ends. (AP)

This little girl came prepared. (AP)

This little girl came prepared. (AP)

Mind the ascot! (AP)

Mind the ascot! (AP)

Gabrielle Dirvanauskas takes the cake! (AP)

Gabrielle Dirvanauskas takes the cake! (AP)

Olga Stepaneto went big for Ladies' Day. (AP)

Olga Stepaneto went big for Ladies’ Day. (AP)

A bird has knocked this girl's hat off and is sitting on her head. Oh, wait? (AP)

A bird has knocked this girl’s hat off and is sitting on her head. Oh, wait? (AP)

Flower power! (AP)

Flower power! (AP)

This singing group has their act together. (AP)

This singing group has their act together. (AP)

A car park picnic is the Brits version of tailgating. (AP)

A car park picnic is the Brits version of tailgating. (AP)

What’s your favorite look?