ToppersA Royal Parade of Crazy HatsThe Daily Beast06.17.11ToppersA Royal Parade of Crazy HatsAfter 300 years of horses and hats, the 2011 Royal Ascot race meet was still tops in terms of headgear. From the queen to Elizabeth Hurley, see the biggest and best looks.The Daily Beast06.17.11 2:00 AM ETAlastair Grant / AP PhotoFit For a QueenAll eyes were on Queen Elizabeth II, in a pink floral look, and Prince Philip, in his gentlemanly top hat, at Ladies Day. The two waved and smiled at the crowd as a horse-drawn carriage helped them make their grand entrance. Chris Jackson / Getty ImagesMother of the BrideKate Middleton's mother Carole arrived as part of the royal carriage procession at the Royal Ascot on Tuesday in a relatively understated taupe topper. At last year's event, she borrowed her daughter's hat. Chris Jackson / Getty ImagesBirds of a FeatherA sextet of Ascot racegoers posed in their avian headgear, ranging from a squawking parrot to an elegant flamingo. Chris Jackson / Getty ImagesThe Black SwanNatalie Portman's Oscar-winning role seemingly inspired this Ascot attendee to bring Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan to new heights. Alastair Grant / AP PhotoRaining on Their ParadeThree women in ruffled frocks and equally fanciful hats took cover at Royal Ascot's Ladies Day under an umbrella as bright as their ensembles. Chris Jackson / Getty ImagesPretty in PinkRecently divorced actress Elizabeth Hurley was all smiles in the parade ring at the Royal Ascot's third day in a black hat adorned with a not-so-subtle rose-colored flower. Mark Lees / AP PhotoBugging OutAnnie McMonagle, a PR manager obsessed with handbags, took to the Ascot in a hat with a purpose. In her dramatic red and black look, commissioned by the Malaria Awareness Campaign, McMonagle hoped to inform racegoers and U.K. travelers in general about the risks of the disease. Alastair Grant / AP PhotoLike a VirginLooking pristine, this woman attended Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot in head-to-toe white. Alastair Grant / AP PhotoComing Up RosesWith red and yellow buds blossoming atop her head, one can assume that this Ascot racegoer smelled quite lovely. Harry Page / Rex Features via AP ImagesDown a NotchThough Princess Beatrice had the world buzzing over her Royal Wedding hat, which netted $130,000 in an online auction, she went for a simple look at the Royal Ascot's Ladies Day on Thursday in a small navy blue headpiece. She rode in with her aunt, Princess Anne, who looked lovely in lavender. David Hartley / Rex Features via AP ImagesRed Hot CoupleWelsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins got engaged to her long-time TV presenter boyfriend Gethin Jones in February. The affianced couple got into the racing spirit at the Royal Ascot on Wednesday. Alastair Grant / AP PhotoGood Enough to EatOne lady's ornate hat presented pastries, some fruit, and a spot of tea, serving two purposes: both shielding her from the rain and tantalizing hungry racegoers. Rex Features via AP ImagesThey'll Never Let GoThis duo donned two Titanic-inspired hats, complete with an iceberg, a piece of luggage, and of course, the ill-fated boat itself. Chris Jackson / Getty ImagesThe Color of RoyaltyHer Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein was all smiles on day three of Royal Ascot in a deep purple hat, indicating her noble position. Alastair Grant / AP PhotoBigger Is BetterSometimes, size matters. As if her bright pink ensemble wasn't attention-grabbing enough, this racegoer strolled in the Royal Enclosure on Ladies Day in a hat that can probably be seen from outer space.