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Royal Ascot Hats: Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Hurley, Carole Middleton & More

The 2011 Royal Ascot race meet is still tops in terms of headgear. See the biggest and best looks.

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Fit For a Queen

All 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.

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Mother of the Bride

Kate 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.

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Birds of a Feather

A sextet of Ascot racegoers posed in their avian headgear, ranging from a squawking parrot to an elegant flamingo.

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The Black Swan

Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning role seemingly inspired this Ascot attendee to bring Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan to new heights.

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Raining on Their Parade

Three women in ruffled frocks and equally fanciful hats took cover at Royal Ascot's Ladies Day under an umbrella as bright as their ensembles.

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Pretty in Pink

Recently 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.

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Bugging Out

Annie 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.

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Like a Virgin

Looking pristine, this woman attended Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot in head-to-toe white.

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Coming Up Roses

With red and yellow buds blossoming atop her head, one can assume that this Ascot racegoer smelled quite lovely.

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Down a Notch

Though 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.

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Red Hot Couple

Welsh 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.

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Good Enough to Eat

One 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.

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They'll Never Let Go

This duo donned two Titanic-inspired hats, complete with an iceberg, a piece of luggage, and of course, the ill-fated boat itself.

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The Color of Royalty

Her 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.

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Bigger Is Better

Sometimes, 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.