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Hold on to your hats, it's a windy day at Royal Ascot

Racegoers hold on to their hats during strong winds on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 22, in Ascot, England.
Racegoers hold on to their hats during strong winds on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 22, in Ascot, England.Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images


Reuters reports -- Ladies, forget those flimsy fascinators and get yourself a proper hat: one that has a base of at least 4 inches in diameter.

So says a new dress code coming into force at this year's Royal Ascot, the annual horse-race meeting attended by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and a highlight of high society's summer season.

"Strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter-neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than 1 inch (2.5cm) are not permitted," says the dress code for lady racegoers lucky enough to have tickets for the exclusive Royal Enclosure.

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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.Andy Rain / EPA