People from all over the world come to England for the Royal Ascot horse races and the carnival atmosphere on Ladies Day is a magnetic attraction for fashion-conscious women.
People from all over the world come to England for the Royal Ascot horse races and the carnival atmosphere on Ladies Day is a magnetic attraction for fashion-conscious women. This year as always they turned out in style with their traditionally flamboyant headgear.
SYNOPSIS: The ancient English mode of transport, the horse and carriage also made an appearance. It has long been replaced by the motor car, but still has a place in gala occasions.
Ladies Day was on Thursday (16 June). It's a occasion when women racegoers wear outrageous hats and walk around looking enviously at each others' stunning creations. After two or three weeks of cold winds and summer rain, the ladies decided to wear warm clothes. But the sun appeared, to everyone's surprise, and it was far too late to change.
An Ascot regular is Mrs Gertrude Shilling, who was politely shown off the course earlier this week when she appeared in a hat eight feet high. On Thursday her choice was less sensational.
As this year's Ascot, the ladies emphasised the tailored look. It made a pleasant change from the gaudy gear of earlier years that was calculated to shock rather than entertain.
The Gold Cup race is over two miles long and it's Ascots great stamina test. For the third time, it was won by the French horse Sagaro, ridden by Lester Piggott. It was Piggott's eighth Gold Cup win. Second and third, Buckskin and Citoyen, were also French horses. Here's how the BBC's Peter O'Sullivan saw the final moments of the race.