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Weird and wonderful fashions on Ascot Ladies' Day

People from across the South have been flocking to Royal Ascot this week for one of the biggest events in the horse racing calandar.

More than 35,000 people go on average each day and, as well as having a flutter, it is of course also about looking fabulous.

Today was Ladies' Day - and the hats on show certainly turned heads. Our very own Rachel Hepworth reports.


Queen unveils Frankel statue at Royal Ascot

The Queen has unveiled a statue of a legendary racehorse on the first day of Royal Ascot.

Frankel is widely considered the greatest Flat racehorse of all time, winning five of his fourteen races at Ascot Racecourse.

The bronze statue is the work of sculptor Mark Coreth and will be displayed overlooking the Parade Ring, facing the Winners' Enclosure.


Force preparing to police next week's Royal Ascot

Thames Valley Police are preparing their operation for policing Royal Ascot which begins next week Tuesday.

The force says a "significant security operation" will be in place during the five-day event which will be attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family.

"Thames Valley Police has been involved in policing Royal Ascot for many years. Every year is different but the challenge remains the same for us to support those attending as well as those living near to Ascot Racecourse.

"The event attracts a global audience and thousands of prestigious visitors but our planning and approach is no different to any other large scale public operation.

"A great many officers and staff have been working on the plans in partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and neighbouring police forces. We anticipate the focus remaining firmly on the track but will remain ready to respond if required."

– Supt Jim Weems, Thames Valley Police

Ascot to host Red Bull air race again

Ascot Race course in Berkshire will once again host the Red Bull air race.

Air race at Ascot, August 2014

50,000 people watched the event in August this year where pilots navigate an obstacle course at speeds of over 200mph.

2014 champion Nigel Lamb from Oxfordshire will return to defend his title next summer.

We’re always making efforts to bring the sport to our fans and we’re delighted that we can now officially announce that Red Bull Air Race will visit 2015 two new countries. We will race in Japan and Russia, countries full of enthusiastic motorsport and aviation fans and once again Hungary, where the Red Bull Air Race has a great fan base.

– Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race

Big hats, champagne & horse racing... It's Ladies Day!

Video. Big hats, celebrities, champagne and horse racing... It's Ladies Day at Ascot!

And as well as being a festival of fashion, The Queens horse Estimate was also running in the Gold Cup.

Last year, her Majesty's horse won the race, but it wasn't the case today. Instead it was the turn of the favourite, Leading Light, to shine.

But it wasn't all about the racing. For many of the 40,000 people who attended today, its also about getting dressed up!

Cary Johnston is there for us.

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