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

Race goers struggle to keep their hats on in strong winds on the fourth day at Royal Ascot, southwest of London, on June 22.
Race goers struggle to keep their hats on in strong winds on the fourth day at Royal Ascot, southwest of London, on June 22.Andrew Winning / Reuters


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