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 June 16

by Carolina

The Tootsie Rollers at Royal Ascot 2021

The Tootsie Rollers attend Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse in England.

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After a year’s pause due to the pandemic, the Royal Ascot, that  most quintessentially English horse race, is back with its bonus show of flamboyant glamour, crazy hats, fun and frivolity — but without the most traditional of presences, that of Queen Elizabeth, who opted not to attend for the first time in her reign.

Fine weather, fast ground, a long list of exceptional horses and a full house of 80,000 hungry, thirsty and betting-minded racegoers (including various members of the British royal house and national and international celebrities), point to success for the 2021 race lasting from June 15 to 19 and with a pandemic-limited daily attendance of 12,000 guests.

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attend Royal Ascot 2021 on Wednesday, June 16.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

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Prince Charles at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

The Prince of Wales

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall  2021 Royal Ascot - Day One

The Duchess of Cornwall adjusts her face mask. Photo Max Mumby/Indigo

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Princess Anne at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

Princess Anne, Princess Royal. Photo by Chris Jackson

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An ornate hat at Britain Royal Ascot

An ornate hat graces the second day.

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Since its inauguration in 1711, the Royal Ascot races, #RoyalAscot, have been considered among the world’s most important, attracting many of the finest racehorses from around the globe competing for millions in prize money.

The equine competition is also one of the top fashion events on the British calendar, with celebrities, supermodels, aristocrats and other racegoers parading in their most extravagant sartorial splendor.

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The Queen owns many thoroughbred horses that have won races at Royal Ascot multiple times. She has one horse running this year and, according to royal sources, is following the race on television from Windsor Castle.

Royal aides have also said that she’s planning to attend the races later in the week.

Among the royals appearing among the reduced-capacity crowd were Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The event’s dress code requires hats for women and top hats for men and the parade of extravagant chapeaux, crazy fascinators, showy dresses and suits are as much a spectacle as the horses.

Crazy hats at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

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Crazy hats at Britain Royal Ascot 2021

Rebecca Johnson and Brian Mann pose for photographers.

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Crazy hats at Britain Royal Ascot 2021

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British royals at Britain Royal Ascot 2021

Zara Tindal, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, watches the queen’s horse, King’s Lynn, in the King’s … [+] Stand Stakes race.

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Crazy hasts at Britain Royal Ascot 2021

A racegoer arrives wearing an ornate outfit.

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Fashion at 2021 Royal Ascot Day Two

Khadijah Mellah. Photo by Kirstin Sinclair

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex at 2021 Royal Ascot - Fashion, Day Two

Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Photo by Kirstin Sinclair

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Fashion at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

Francesca Cumani and Charlotte Hawkins

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 Fashion at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

Enjoying the moment

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Crazy hats at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

Chapeaux in faux competition

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Racegoers at Royal Ascot

Flaming hair at the racecourse

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The Tootsie Rollers at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day Two

The wonderful Tootsie Rollers.

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Crazy hats at Royal Ascot 2021 - Day Two

Red…and more red.

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Flying saucers and birds

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Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman at 2021 Royal Ascot - Day One

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman.

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Horses racing at Royal Ascot 2021 - Day Two

Gary Carroll on board Quick Suzy on their way to winning the Queen Mary Stakes on Day Two. Photo by … [+] Harry Trump

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