In pictures: Royal Ascot Ladies' Day 2017

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot has come around again - the third day of the world-famous racing event that is perhaps better known for its hats than its horses.

It has long been one of the biggest events in the British fashion calendar and is treated as an opportunity for thousands of women to sport hats ranging from the sublime to the, frankly, ridiculous.

BBC News takes a look at some of the more outlandish headgear designed to make headlines.

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Image caption Let's just say we're potty about these hats
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Image caption The glasses say hippie chic, the hat says flower power
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Image caption This lady sacrificed a comfy racing day to hold up her colourful rainforest hat with her hands
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Image caption Great hat, but how does she use her phone?
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Image caption Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice opted for a more toned down style of millinery
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Image caption We're taking a gamble this was quite a heavy hat to wear
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Image caption A true English rose
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Image caption Make sure this hat doesn't fly off in the wind
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Image caption This hat has certainly netted its wearer a lot of admiration
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Image caption In a sea of grey and dark suits, dare to flaunt the colours of a peacock
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Image caption We want to take a leaf out of her book and grab ourselves an equally extravagant hat!

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