In pictures: Royal Ascot Ladies' Day

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Ladies' Day, on the third day of Royal Ascot, is one of the biggest events in the British fashion calendar with many women braving daring millinery and flamboyant dresses.

The event is a major fixture of the social season and is traditionally the busiest day of the five-day meet.

Despite a strict dress code - with the Royal enclosure banning strapless dresses and enforcing the wearing of hats - bold prints, candy floss colours and classic dresses are the order of the day for ladies in attendance.

Here is a collection of the memorable, and some of the more questionable, headwear choices.

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image captionIn the Royal enclosure, headpieces with a base of less than 4in (10cm) in diameter are deemed "unacceptable" - but there is no upper size limit
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image captionThis racegoer topped her striking outfit off with one of the larger headpieces of the day
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image captionFlowers and feathers were a common theme amongst many
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image captionOthers opted for more futuristic elegance
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image captionAnimal-themed millinery was a surprising trend
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image captionGiant ram horns made out of sweet wrappers anybody?
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image captionThis racegoer opted for equine decoration of her headpiece
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image captionAs did these two but with slightly bigger horses, however...
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image caption...Bigger is not necessarily better
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image captionSometimes all you need to get noticed is a massive flower on your head
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image captionThese two got behind the Euro 2016 opponents, England and Wales, who played each other in the afternoon. The hats were being launched by national Charity, British Polio, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).

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