Every year, royals and socialites from around the world come together to watch the five-day Royal Ascot horse race in Berkshire, England. But aside from being a more than 300-year-old sporting tradition, the event is also a chance to make a fashion statement: , a rule guests take very seriously. Here, we've gathered the most over-the-top headpieces from this year's race so far — including Kate's and Queen Elizabeth's.
With its spread of long and brightly colored feathers, this racegoer's headpiece almost makes her look like a majestic rainbow peacock, does it not?
This attendee made a political statement with her vote-themed hat. Mostly, though, we're impressed she managed to keep the collection of figurines on her head.
A jumble of pastel flowers cascaded off public relations director Nazer Bullen's headpiece.
Rather than top off her outfit with a collection of flowers, designer Isabell Kristensen chose to go with one (huge) yellow blossom.
Every part of this racegoer's ensemble coordinates perfectly, right down to the hot pink feathers.
This racegoer's headpiece was also topped with a giant flower. (Have you caught on to this year's Royal Ascot trends yet?)
In another nod to nature, a myriad of tiny butterflies covered the underside of this attendee's wide-brimmed hat.
According to the , any headpiece worn in the Royal Enclosure must have a "solid base of 4 inches" to be considered an appropriate alternative to a hat. We're assuming the Duchess of Cambridge's simple piece met that requirement.
This woman's blue number was smaller than some of her fellow racegoers' headpieces, but it still made a statement with its arrangement of jewels and feathers.
We can't help but wonder if this floral piece blocked this racegoer's vision while she sipped on a glass of one of the Royal Ascot attendees will drink this week.
Rather than choosing a hat covered in feathers like some of her fellow racegoers, this woman went for a hat with just a few strategic plumes.
The third day of the Royal Ascot is known as Ladies Day and is perhaps the most sartorially-minded day of the entire event. This racegoer got the dress-to-impress memo, right up to her golden ram horns.
For her Ladies Day headwear, the Queen donned a neon orange hat decked out with roses. The bright suit-and-hat combo was in line with the fluorescent green look she sported at her 90th birthday celebration the weekend before.
A classic red rose did the trick for another racegoer.
This smaller, peacock-themed piece looked absolutely stunning on actress Olivia Grant.
How outrageous is this look on the appropriately-named designer Tracy Rose? We just hope the massive headpiece didn't get too heavy while she watched the day's races.
Designer Anouska Lancaster's headpiece incorporated parrots, flowers and other jungle-themed pieces.
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan took on the feather trend with a wide-brimmed number covered in tiny plumes.
Designer Isabell Kristensen's daughter Nichola wore an all-white headpiece that was simultaneously simple and dramatic.
The multicolored feathers on designer Lisa Tan's hat were looped into circles with arrows criss-crossed in between.
One racegoer's hat seemed to make a statement about the .