No sticks in the mud here! Royal Ascot revellers refuse to let the rain dampen their spirits as they push a horse drawn carriage free – and run for shelter in their finery
- Glamorous racegoers have pulled out all the fashion stops this morning on the second day of Royal Ascot
- Debbie McGee and Helen Flanagan, both in white, were among the first to arrive at the Berkshire racecourse
- Women donned flattering summer dresses and extravagant hats with floral and butterfly embellishments
- By the late afternoon the weather had turned wet and windy, but revelers continued to have fun in the rain
Royal Ascot is one of the most glittering events in the British social calendar and racegoers did not disappoint as they arrived for a second day of festivities this morning.
Glamorous women donned candy-coloured dresses and extravagant hats embellished with flowers and butterflies as they stepped out at the Berkshire racecourse.
Stars including Charlotte Hawkins, Debbie McGee and Helen Flanagan were among the first to arrive, with all three looking elegant in white ensembles.
And as the party got into full swing, women in their best frocks were seen looking merry as they kicked up their heels and danced along the lawns.
However the rain soon descended on celebrations, leaving revelers soaking – but still in high spirits – as they continued their day with the addition of ponchos, umbrellas and a shot of the strong stuff.
The five-day festival, the jewel in the crown of the UK racing calendar, kicked off yesterday with stunning displays from well-heeled revellers – and an impressive royal guest list.
Royal Ascot day two: Despite a promising start to the day, the rain soon descended on celebrations, leaving revelers soaking – but still in high spirits – as they continued their day with the addition of ponchos, umbrellas and a shot of the strong stuff
Royal Ascot revellers refuse to let the rain dampen their spirits as they push a horse drawn carriage free
Keep it chic like Charlotte in a white dress by Suzannah
With the help of stylist Debbie Harper, raceday regular Charlotte Hawkins always gets it right at Royal Ascot.
For day one, the Good Morning Britain host chose an Amanda Wakeley dress that was a version of a style that Princess Eugenie wore for Trooping the Colour earlier this month. And today’s look has got a very regal feel to it too.
She’s wearing a white dress by Suzannah, a brand whose fan club includes the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice. The bag is a Launer London too – the Queen’s favourite! Add in a Royal Ascot Millinery Collective by Vivien Sheriff hat, and it’s flawless.
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Star power: A race goer looked great in white (left) while Victoria Pendleton looked elegant in a patterned gown, right
Ascot day two! As the party got into full swing, women in their best frocks were seen kicked up their heels along the lawn
Here come the girls! Two women embrace at Ascot, right, one woman strikes a playful pose on her way inside
Splash of sunshine! Racegoers in different shades of yellow brighten up a cloudy second day at Royal Ascot this morning
Finest florals: Milliner Tracy Rose, left, chose one of her own showstopping creations. Right, racegoer Jennifer Wrynne
Summer shower: One woman draped a disposable poncho over her head as the heavens opened at Royal Ascot
Strike a pose! Two friends smile as they go in for a hug, left, while others give the peace sign to the camera, right
Putting her best foot forward: Elegant stud heels were on display as a group of well dressed friends made an entrance
Delicate: Presenter Francesca Cumani in a pretty blossom hat. Right, another racegoer went for a playful bird creation
Candy-coloured dream! Band The Tootsie Rollers donned summer dresses and hats by London milliner Nerida Fraiman
The Queen, 93, a lifelong racing enthusiast, was joined by several members of the Royal Family including Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips and Princess Eugenie as she officially opened the event with the traditional carriage procession.
Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands also attended.
Royal Ascot is a much a social occasion as a sporting event and racegoers take the opportunity to turn on the style, from chic hats and summer dresses to sharp suits.
It won’t dampen their spirits! Racegoers were forced to whip out their umbrellas as the rain started at Royal Ascot
Stuck in the mud! A woman wipes down her legs after getting dirty, left. Right, women risk a trudge across the field
Glorious in green! A woman made a fashion statement in an emerald dress and matching hat at Royal Ascot today
Society beauty: Sabrina Percy, left, was the picture of elegance. Right, model Natalia Kapchuk makes a political statement
Ready for my close up! A woman snaps a photo of her glamorous friend as racegoers start to arrive at Royal Ascot today
Hat’s extraordinary! The best (and boldest) headpieces on show at Royal Ascot
Visitors to the high-profile racing event this year also have a wider choice of garb, as organisers say they are free to choose a gender dress code they ‘feel most comfortable’ with.
Under the changes, women will be allowed to dress like men and vice versa – as long as they stick to the rules.
This year’s Royal Enclosure dress code says ‘Gentleman’ must wear black or grey morning dress with a waist coat and tie.
‘Ladies’ are not allowed to wear strapless and off-the-shoulder dresses, while mid-riffs have to be covered and fascinators are also banned.
Pictured: Amber Le Bon opted for a patterned dress on day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, seen left, while a glamorous guest went for an extravagant head piece, right
Darcey Bussell (left) presents jockey Frankie Dettori with the trophy for winning the Queen Mary Stakes with Raffle Prize during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Group photo! Royal Ascot is the perfect time to snap pictures – and this group of revellers made sure they didn’t miss out
Dream teams: Handsome couples made some serious fashion statements as they arrived at Ascot Racecourse this morning
Here come the boys! It wasn’t just women who dressed to impress, gentlemen like the ones above were also well turned out
Dynamic duos! A guest in a kilt causes a stir, left, as he arrives at Ascot. Right, women pose in flowing floral maxi dresses
In bloom! A radiant racegoer poses next to the Royal Ascot photo wall on her way into the second day of the event today
Statement dresses: Red, left, and animal print, right, were both on show as racegoers brought their fashion A-game to Ascot
Inspired by nature! Rachel Oates, from Hampshire, left, and Mrs Shane Horn, from Ascot, arriving at Royal Ascot today
Cheers! It’s time for Champagne for these racegoers in The Orangerie Bar by Moet Chandon Grand Vintage at the racecourse
Tartan twosome! Milliner William Chambers, right in left image, and a guest. Pictured right, Mathias Le Fevre
Bold and beautiful: Two racegoers pose for the camera as they arrive for the second day of races at Royal Ascot this morning
In previous years, it has insisted attendees cover their midriffs and avoid wearing fascinators and that still stands.
While in previous years there has been no official style guide for the Windsor Enclosure, except to dress for a formal occasion, now female attendees are requested to wear fascinators, like those in the rest of the enclosures.
Royal Ascot has put in place strict dress codes since the early 19th century .
The race gathering’s famously strict clothing rules hark back to sartorial trailblazer Beau Brummell, who dictated the dress for men in the Royal Enclosure at the turn of the 19th century and was fond of cleaning his shoes with champagne.
Mellow yellow! Demonstrating just how versatile one colour can be, a group of women make their Royal Ascot entrance
Left: The Queen looked elegant in a blue ensemble and her favourite Launer bag as she shielded herself from the rain under an umbrella; Right: Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex watch the carriage procession from the Royal Box Royal Ascot
Matchy matchy! Men and women dressed in identical outfits make their way inside Ascot Racecourse to join in the fun
Right: Piers Morgan, Joan Collins and Susanna Reid at Ascot. Left: Joan Collins and husband Percy Gibson
Say cheese! A group stop for a photo on their way into Royal Ascot this morning – where the second day is underway
Fabulous fabrics: Velvet, suede, satin and silk are expertly juxtaposed in these two stylish Royal Ascot ensembles
Dapper: Top hats and tails are required for gentlemen in certain enclosures – and these two chaps didn’t disappoint
On the approach: Racegoers dressed to the nines stroll towards Ascot Racecourse for the second day of the festival
Heavenly hats: Women wearing beautiful headpieces queued up outside Ascot Racecourse this morning, pictured
Grand arrival: Well-dressed racegoers donned their Royal Ascot finery for a second day at the Berkshire racegoers
Ready to celebrate! Royal Ascot racegoers were snapped standing in the queue at the Berkshire racecourse this morning
Festival finery: Top hats, morning suits and summer dresses were all on show as racegoers arrived at Royal Ascot
Two years ago, the event broke with convention by allowing racegoers to wear jumpsuits in the Royal Enclosure for the first time.
Organisers also announced they would try to draw in a new breed of visitors by putting on a ‘party atmosphere’ and a ‘more vibrant feel’.
Meanwhile, no changes have been made to rules for ‘Gentlemen’.
Juliet Slot, commercial director of Ascot, said: ‘Fashion and style are an important part of the Royal Ascot experience for all of our customers.’
Calm before the storm; Racegoers take a moment to themselves after arriving at Ascot Racecourse early this morning
Civilised affair: Racegoers take time to soak up the atmosphere – and bring along a potted plant to add a touch of class
Setting up camp! Racegoers worked together to put up their gazebo ahead of a morning of relaxation near Ascot Racecourse
Little touches: A man whipped out a table cloth as he prepared his picnic table for an al fresco meal at Royal Ascot today
Settled in: One well turned out chap was ready to relax and pulled out a chair by his classic car at Royal Ascot today
Ready for a picnic! Laden with bags and fresh baguettes make their way to their spot ahead of Royal Ascot today
Making an entrance: Racegoers arrive by traditional carriage ahead of the second day of the five-day racing festival
Clear roads! Special measures were put in place to allow for Ascot arrivals, including this traditional carriage
Giddy up! Racegoers arrive by horse and cart for the second day of the Royal Ascot festival in Berkshire this morning
Briefed: Smartly-dressed stewards stand ready for the crowds ahead of the second day of Royal Ascot today
The Queen smiled as she arrived at Ascot racecourse in the open top carriage just before a heavy downpour
A couple braved the miserable weather, with a lady wearing an emerald green dress and designer shoes shielding herself under a poncho
Avid racegoers stood underneath umbrellas as they continued to watch the races
Glamorous guests braved the rain under umbrellas as they hurried through the racecourse under umbrellas
Nothing will dampen their spirits! Excited Race-goers watch a race at day two of Royal Ascot, in Ascot
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall presents the Prince of Wale’s Stakes to Frankie Dettori on day two of Royal Ascot
Left: Sarah Ann Macklin, wearing hat by Jess Collett Right: (L-R) Daisy Knatchbull, wearing hat by Laura Cathcart, Sabrina Percy, wearing hat by Suzannah and Emily London and Amber Le Bon, wearing hat by Jane Taylor on day 2 of Royal Ascot
Colourful racegoers at Royal Ascot showed off their chic ensembles and hats on June 19, 2019 in Ascot
Two women looked upbeat in their belted dresses, chain bags and netted head gear as they enjoyed the day
Liam Payne looked dapper in his top hat and tail on day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
Frankie Dettori riding Crystal Ocean (yellow cap) celebrate winning The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot
Frankie Dettori celebrates after he rides Crystal Ocean to win The Prince of Wales’s Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall present Frankie Dettori and owner Evelyn De Rothschild with awards after they won the 3.40 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on Crystal Ocean Action