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Royal Ascot: Joy on Ladies’ Day as the Queen gets punters off to a head start

Classic: A racegoer tips her hat but probably not to the cascading purple number on the right PICTURES: GETTY

THE weird, wonderful and wild were on show at Royal Ascot as female racegoers put on a riotous hat display to mark Ladies’ Day.

Among the delights was a smiling trio rocking an African theme with headgear shaped like colourful urns.

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And one woman took the English rose look to extremes, with a hat shaped like a huge flower perched on her head.

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Other wacky headgear came in the form of a picnic hamper, complete with champagne and strawberries, and an aviary full of parakeets, owls and even a frog.

But it was the Queen’s more conservative number that had the punters purring.

Many had backed her to wear pink, leaving bookies paying out before the racing had begun.