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    Hats off at Ascot

    Take a look at the craziest, coolest and most out-there outfits at the annual British event, where the horses take a backseat to fashion.

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    Wacky Ascot fashions

    The Royal Ascot races are a definite highlight of Britain's fashion calendar, with race-goers stopping at nothing to get attention for their wacky dresses and hats. This year's new strict dress code requiring modest dress did little to dampen the spirit. Take a look at the craziest, coolest and most out-there outfits of the races.

    The Olympic torch relay made it to the Royal Ascot in the form of a hat at this year's Ladies Day.

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    Keep your hats on

    Day 4 of the races on June 22, 2012, presented challenges to the fashionable ladies, with strong winds buffeting their elaborate hats.

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    Feathers in the wind

    A racegoer struggles to keep her hat on in strong winds on the fourth day at Royal Ascot, southwest of London.

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    Dancing in the wind

    A woman resorted to elaborate moves to keep her fancy hat on her head.

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    Giant flower

    Many hats eclipse their wearers, like this frothy creation of tulle and feathers.

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    Feathers and roses

    We're not even sure if this is a hat, but it looks interesting.

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    An umbrella for her hat

    A race goer struggles in strong winds and rain on the fourth day at Royal Ascot.

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    Ladies of a feather

    Even tiny fascinators were buffeted by the winds on day four.

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    Singing sensation

    A girl band called the Tootsie Rollers sing in the rain at the Ladies' Day festivities on June 21.

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  • Image: Racegoer Clark poses for photographs on Ladies' Day, the third day of racing at the Royal Ascot, southwest of London

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    Making music

    At Ascot's Ladies' Day, crazy creations rule when it comes to hats. This year, a new dress code stipulates that hats for guests in the royal enclosure have a base of at least 4 inches.

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    Ladies rule

    Race-goer Carla Creegan poses in her Ladies' Day-inspired hat, complete with a double strand of pearls.

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    Diamond celebration

    Only weeks after the U.K.'s Diamond Jubilee festivities, race-goer Lynne Webster celebrates the queen's 60 years on the throne. The queen made an appearance in the afternoon of the third day of the races to watch one of her horses race.

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    Sharing a laugh

    Race-goers didn't let thundery skies dampen their enthusiasm at the third day of the races.

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    With love

    The Union Jack was one of this year's hottest accessories at the races.

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    Horse fan

    Tickets to Ladies' Day at the Royal Ascot are in high demand, and visitors spare no expense to top off their looks with crazy creations.

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    Tea time

    These race-goers' food themed hats take center stage at Royal Ascot's Ladies' Day. Fashions at the annual event often attract more attention than the races themselves.

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    Stamp collector

    Queen Elizabeth, who often runs several of her horses at the races, is not far from this race-goers heart, and head, as she poses in a stamp-inspired hat.

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    Olympic celebration

    All things British were in style at the races, as this visitor celebrates the upcoming Games in London.

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    Football fanatic

    A visitor to Royal Ascot hails England's success at the ongoing European soccer championship with her soccer hat.

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    Top of the day

    Even the men get into the spirit with their wacky hats, although the new dress code firmly lays out that men in the royal enclosure can only wear black or grey top hats.

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    Proud as a peacock

    This race-goers' peacock hat without doubt covers enough of her head for an appearance in the royal enclosure. The strict new dress code did little to dampen the flamboyant hats on display during the five-day event.

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    V is for victory

    These women show off their full-size headpieces on the first day of the races.

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    Rule Britannia

    Brian Mann, right, and Philip Knott show off their patriotic side as this most British of races. And they certainly didn't let Ascot's strict new dress code put a damper on their unique style; their morning suits, hats, and ties are well within the rules.

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    Birds of a feather

    Model Anneka Tanaka -Svenska's birdcage hat drew the attention of fans around the world. The only thing missing was a feathery friend in the adjoining cage.

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    Matching hats

    These race-goers took a more conservative line on the first day of the races, choosing flat hats that were all the rage this year.

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    Flying the Union Jack

    The British flag flies at the Royal Ascot on the first day of the races.

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    Spinning her web

    Looking like something out of the latest Spiderman movie, this race-goer's hat is one of hundreds of flashy creations on display.

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    All hail the queen

    Race-goers wait for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and her procession on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race. The queen has seen dozens of her horses win at the annual event, where prize money this year will top $7 million.

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    Good enough to eat

    This race-goer topped off her outfit with a cherry-themed headpiece. Hats and headpieces are required for all race-goers sitting in the grandstand, although it is only in the royal enclosure that hats must meet certain measurements.

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    Cheering on a winner

    Red, white and blue were the colors of this year's races. Strapless dresses in the royal enclosure were firmly against the rules this year, although visitors with seats in other parts of the track were allowed a little more leniency.

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    A chorus line

    Race-goers show off their modest outfits at the annual event near Windsor.

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    Light as a feather

    Flamboyant feather hats helped make this year's style stakes all the more exciting.

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    Pretty in pink

    A race-goer shows off her wide-brimmed pastel hat on the first day of the races.

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    Bowing down to fashion

    Though her dress may be simple, this race goer's hat is anything but, and matches with the flags in the background.

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    Cheers!

    These race-goers are ready to toast the winners of the races.

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    Record displays

    This visitor to Royal Ascot shows off her feathered record hat.

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