From Denny: Check out the outrageously fun and whimsically styled hats women were sporting today at the Ascot Racecourse near London on Ladies Day. It's held on the third day of racing during the Royal Ascot meet and is considered the highlight of the week at the track.
It's sort of like wearing a high class clown suit but everyone admires you, your creativity - and your daring to be the spectacle of public ridicule and laughter - for wearing such a creation.
It was Queen Anne that opened the racetrack in 1711 when riding in the forest near Windsor Castle. And then came Ladies Day...
Enjoy the whimsy!
Dragonfly red hat, photo by Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
WTF hat from milliner David Shilling, photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Zebra bird hat, photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Glorious swirl of white hat, photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Neon sign wires styled hat, photo by Carl de Souza/Getty Images
Oh, that writer's feather pen against the full moon hat, photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Tea anyone? With berries? hat, photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Head and hat in the clouds, photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Parrot hat, photo by Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
Peacocks anyone? hat, photo by Carl de Souza/Getty Images
Butterfly feathers hat riding the train to the event, photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Wild and crazy flamingo hat, photo by Carl de Souza/Getty Images
Outrageous balloon hat, photo by Charlie Crowhurst/EPA
With a nod to Queen Elizabeth II, photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
And it was Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip that opened the grand whimsical time where fun was had by all. Only the English seem to know how to party in whimsical style... :)
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