Kate Middleton At Royal Ascot: Radiant Amid Outrageous Hats And Flamboyant Fashion

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.UK PRESS VIA GETTY IMAGES

This year’s Royal Ascot races, undoubtedly one of the most quintessential British royal events and its most valuable race attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses competing for millions in prize money, began with the usual parade of extravagant hats, crazy fascinators, showy dresses and suits that are as much a spectacle as the horses.

Day One of the five-day race launched with the royal family — including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Netherland’s Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander — arriving in closed rather than traditionally-open carriages due to the rain.