Cool Hats on Ascot Ladies Day 2009

Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot is the heart and soul of England’s biggest flat racing meeting. The day is a celebration of the aristocratic origins of the race, and has developed into an important fashion and social event in its own right. Ladies Day is organized around the running of the Ascot Gold Cup, the oldest Group One race at the Royal meeting, and the biggest English flat race outside of the Classics. The race attracts widespread media attention and gives Ladies Day an authentic foundation of top quality thoroughbred racing. Annual Royal Meeting at Ascot provides one of the most colorful occasions on the racing calendar as female race-goers don hats that range from the wildly flamboyant to the sheer outlandish. A giant ice-cream cone, a black bird and 800 marshmallows featured on the vast array of exotic hats displayed at Berkshire’s Royal Ascot.