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The Royal Ascot Tradition Continues With British VIPs, Fancy Hats, and Festivities

Jun 20 2013 - 11:18am

The 2013 Royal Ascot kicked off this week, and famous royals like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie have been rockin' their fancy toppers as part of the long-standing tradition. Royals are joined by plenty of extravagantly dressed revelers to watch Europe's famous event, which has been the highlight of the Ascot Racecourse's year since it was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne.

But while the sky's the limit when it comes to fabulous fascinators, the Ascot is known for its strict dress code. Women must wear a day dress of acceptable length with a hat or fascinator, and they can't show off their stomachs or shoulders. Men are required to wear black or gray morning dress with a top hat. Another tradition of the Royal Ascot is the procession, which involves the queen and other royals riding in to the racecourse every day in horse-drawn carriages. See royals from the Queen Mother to Princess Diana attend the Royal Ascot over the years, including pictures from this year's festivities.

1967

The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret arrived in a carriage at the Royal Ascot in 1967.

1976

The queen and her husband waved in their carriage at the Royal Ascot in 1976.

1979

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, arrived via open carriage to the 1979 Royal Ascot.

1980

The royal couple arrived in their carriage to the 1980 Royal Ascot.

1980

Racegoers attended the Royal Ascot in 1980.

1982

The queen and Prince Philip enjoyed themselves at the 1982 Royal Ascot.

1984

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip made a grand entrance at the 1984 Royal Ascot.

1985

Princess Diana made herself through the crowds at the Royal Ascot in 1985.

1985

The queen and Prince Philip arrived to the races in 1985.

1985

Princess Diana attended the Royal Ascot in 1985.

1985

The Queen Mother made her way through the crowds during the Royal Ascot in 1985.

1986

Princess Diana and the Queen Mother arrived in a carriage procession at the Royal Ascot in 1986.

1986

The Queen Mother chatted with Sarah, Duchess of York, during the 1986 Royal Ascot.

1986

Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princess Michael of Kent arrived in an open carriage to the Royal Ascot in 1986.

1986

Sarah, Duchess of York, and Prince Andrew walked together at the Royal Ascot in 1986.

1986

The queen and her main man arrived to the races in 1986.

1987

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip rode in their carriage at the 1987 Royal Ascot.

1987

Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York, laughed together during the Royal Ascot in 1987.

1988

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attended the 1988 Royal Ascot.

1988

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived at the Royal Ascot in 1988.

1989

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived to the 1989 Royal Ascot.

1993

Queen Elizabeth II attended the Royal Ascot in 1993.

2000

The queen and her husband rode the carriage into the Royal Ascot in 2000.

2001

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived in their carriage at the 2001 event.

2002

The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were all smiles at the 2002 races.

2002

Queen Elizabeth II sat beside husband Prince Philip at the 2002 Royal Ascot.

2003

The queen held an umbrella in 2003.

2003

The queen gave a gift to Prince Harry in 2003.

2004

The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made their grand entrance at the Royal Ascot in 2004.

2004

The queen stayed close to her hubby in 2004.

2004

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip sat in their carriage in 2004.

2004

Queen Elizabeth kissed her grandson Prince William on the cheek at a polo match during the Royal Ascot in 2004.

2004

Prince William looked dapper during a polo match for the Royal Ascot in 2004.

2005

The queen and Prince Philip waved in 2005.

2005

The queen stayed dry under her umbrella in 2005.

2005

The queen and Prince Philip laughed during their arrival to the races in 2005.

2006

Queen Elizabeth smiled at the races in 2006.

2007

The royal duo were matching in 2007.

2007

The queen waved alongside her husband during their carriage ride in 2007.

2007

Zara [1] Phillips and Queen Elizabeth shared a sweet moment in the royal box in 2007.

2007

Queen Elizabeth chatted with a fellow racegoer at the Royal Ascot in 2007.

2008

Prince Philip pointed beside the queen during their carriage ride in 2008.

2008

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie arrived via carriage to the Royal Ascot in 2008.

2008

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice cheered on the horses during the 2008 Royal Ascot races.

2009

Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth were a citrus vision at the 2009 Royal Ascot.

2009

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie chatted together in 2009.

2009

Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth walked and talked together.

2009

Princess Eugenie talked with Jake Warren at the Royal Ascot in 2009.

2010

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wore big hats in 2010.

2010

Queen Elizabeth chatted with a jockey [2] in 2010.

2010

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice showed off their fascinators at the races in 2010.

2011

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie smiled at the 2011 Royal Ascot.

2011

Prince Harry was looking handsome at the Royal Ascot.

2011

The queen waved at the 2011 Royal Ascot.

2011

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles attended opening day of the Royal Ascot.

2011

The queen laughed during the races.

2011

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie chatted at the races.

2011

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie attended the Royal Ascot in 2011.

2011

Elizabeth Hurley [3] attended the races in 2011.

2011

Elizabeth Hurley [4] wore a floral fascinator.

2011

Princess Beatrice flashed a smile at the races in 2011.

2011

The queen and Prince Philip sat side by side during their carriage ride.

2011

Kate and Pippa Middleton's mom, Carole, rode in a carriage.

2011

Carole Middleton wore a big beige hat to the races.

2012

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attended the first day of the races in 2012.

2012

Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles attended the Royal Ascot.

2012

The queen and Prince Philip rode the carriage.

2012

Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrived at the Royal Ascot.

2012

Princess Eugenie waved from her carriage at the Royal Ascot.

2012

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip rode their carriage in to the 2012 Royal Ascot.

2012

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Eugenie smiled together at the Royal Ascot.

2012

The royal couple arrived in their carriage.

2012

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornall, arrived to the Royal Ascot on opening day.

2012

Carole Middleton wore red to Ladies Day of the Royal Ascot.

2012

Carole Middleton, Pippa and Kate's mom, arrived via carriage to Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot.

2012

Princess Beatrice waved upon arrival to Ladies Day.

2012

The queen and her hubby, Prince Philip, were all smiles as they arrived to Ladies Day.

2012

Princess Beatrice attended Ladies Day of the Royal Ascot.

2012

Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice arrived in their carriage to Ladies Day.

2012

Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, beamed upon arrival to Ladies Day.

2012

Carole Middleton sat with Joanne Arculli and Michael Middleton in their carriage to Ladies Day of the Royal Ascot.

2012

Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice went with floral fashion to Ladies Day.

2013

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrived in a carriage.

2013

Prince Charles sported a top hat for Day 1 of Royal Ascot.

2013

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie waved to onlookers when they arrived on Day 1.

2013

A hat-donning crowd snapped pictures of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrived in an open carriage.

2013

Serena, Viscountess Linley and Prince Michael of Kent made a dapper entrance.

2013

Princess Anne, Princess Royal chatted with Lady Elizabeth Anson, Queen Elizabeth II's cousin.

2013

Princess Eugenie gave a sweet wave to the cameras while standing with the Queen.

2013

Lady Helen Taylor and Princess Beatrice of York spent time together during Day 1 of Royal Ascot.

2013

The royal family stood together for a minute of silence to honor a race horse trainer who passed away.

2013

Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Day 2 of the Royal Ascot.

2013

The Queen sat with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for the second day of the Royal Ascot.

2013

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne stood together in the Parade ring on Ladies Day.

2013

The Queen was all smiles when she was awarded a trophy by her son Prince Andrew during Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot. Her horse Estimate won the Gold Cup on the third day of the event.

2013

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice chatted in the Parade Ring on Ladies Day.

2013

Princess Michael of Kent got into the Royal Ascot spirit with a statement-making hat.

2013

Sophie, Countess of Wessex smiled during Royal Ascot.

2013

Queen Elizabeth II wore a blue ensemble for day four of the Royal Ascot.


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