The women in the British Royal Family upped the style stakes at the opening day at Royal Ascot on Tuesday with an array of stunning hats. Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Michael of Kent thrilled the crowds at the Berkshire racecourse with their stylish outfits as they entered the ground in the traditional carriage procession.
The queen, in shocking pink, was in the first carriage along with husband Prince Philip and son Prince Andrew. They were followed by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who sported an off-white dress with black embroidery, topped off with a feather trimmed hat, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who wore an elegant cream creation.
The queen's daughter Princess Anne opted for pale green and cream but didn't take part in the carriage procession. Instead she enjoyed a picnic with a group of friends before the races.
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex - the wife of Prince Edward - was also absent from the procession and spent the whole day with her friend.
Although she wasn't with the official royal party, her silver-grey outfit and big matching saucer-style hat drew gasps from the crowds. Her husband was missing from the opening day of the five-day event as he is still traveling back from the Falklands, where he has been commemorating the 25th anniversary of the conflict with Argentina.