Over the top

Ladies' Day, on the third day of Royal Ascot, is one of the biggest events on the British fashion calendar, with many women donning daring millinery and flamboyant dresses.

Despite a strict dress code - with strapless dresses banned and the wearing of hats enforced - bold prints and candy floss colours were the order of the day for women in attendance yesterday.

The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711, and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course, while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages takes the Queen to the course.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'Over the top'. Print Edition | Subscribe