On Track for Fashion Glory! Kirsty Gallacher and Lady Kitty Spencer Lead the Glamour at Royal Ascot

TV presenters, models and society beauties led the glamour as Royal Ascot kicked off in style today.

The Queen, Kate Middleton, Lady Kitty Spencer, Kirsty Gallacher and Charlotte Hawkins were among the well-dressed racegoers who pulled out all the fashion stops and refused to let a bit of rain dampen their fun.

Crisp white summer dresses, statement jumpsuits and hats decorated with bees were all on display as thousands of revellers descended on the Berkshire racecourse this morning.

Royal Ascot, the jewel in the crown of the UK racing calendar, starts today with the Queen Anne Stakes and will run until Saturday.

The Queenofficially kicked off today's festivities with the royal carriage procession at 2pm, after racegoers were pictured getting the party started.

Dressed in a powder blue suit jacket adorned with a diamond brooch and a pearl necklace, the Queen coordinated her floral hat perfectly with the ensemble.

The royal, who completed the look with red lipstick and pearl earrings, was seen wearing white gloves as she waved at excited bystanders.

Kate Middleton mirrored the Queen's style in a chiffon pale blue dress by Elie Saab which featured a pussy bow tie, teaming it with a wide brim floral hat.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who was also pictured in the carriage, opted for a pale blush pink suit jacket and coordinating hat, along with a multi-string of pearls.

Queen Maxima, who attended the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle alongside the royals on Monday, was also seen waving from the carriage where she sat alongside the Queen.

Wearing a dramatic floral head dress and coordinating coral dress, she smiled widely as she waved to crowds on their journey from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse.

Meanwhile Princes Charles and William looked dapper in top hats and grey suits, along with patterned ties, as they tipped their hats to crowds.

Princess Eugenie also joined her family in the carriage, and was pictured wearing a silk turquoise shift dress and yellow fascinator.

Elsewhere Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer was seen at Ascot, wearing a white lace dress with puff sleeves and sheer black court shoes.

Kitty, 28, who recently confirmed her relationship with divorced £80m Whistles founder Michael Lewis, 68, continued to flash a sizable diamond ring on her wedding finger.

The Bvlgari model confirmed her romance with the divorced father of three children - all in their 30s - who owns a £19 million Central London mansion where Lady Kitty has also been spotted, when they left The Mark Hotel with him earlier this year, where a penthouse costs £50,000 a night.

Zara Phillips was also seen chatting to Kate and Eugenie, dressed in a floral maxi dress and matching blue top hat - a colour which seemed to be the royal theme of the day.

Meanwhile Viscountess Emma Weymouth also opted for a blue feathered ensemble, and Royal Albert Hall singer Natalie Rushdie stood out in red.

Former Made In Chelsea and I'm A Celebrity star Georgia Toffolo was pictured donning a white dress and black court shoes for the occasion.

Royal Ascot is a much a social occasion as a sporting event and racegoers take the opportunity to turn on the style, from chic hats and summer dresses to sharp suits.

Visitors to the high-profile racing event this year also have a wider choice of garb, as organisers say they are free to choose a gender dress code they 'feel most comfortable' with.

Under the changes, women will be allowed to dress like men and vice versa - as long as they stick to the rules.

This year's Royal Enclosure dress code says 'Gentleman' must wear black or grey morning dress with a waist coat and tie.

'Ladies' are not allowed to wear strapless and off-the-shoulder dresses, while mid-riffs have to be covered and fascinators are also banned.

In previous years, it has insisted attendees cover their midriffs and avoid wearing fascinators and that still stands.

While in previous years there has been no official style guide for the Windsor Enclosure, except to dress for a formal occasion, now female attendees are requested to wear fascinators, like those in the rest of the enclosures.

Royal Ascot has put in place strict dress codes since the early 19th century .

The race gathering's famously strict clothing rules hark back to sartorial trailblazer Beau Brummell, who dictated the dress for men in the Royal Enclosure at the turn of the 19th century and was fond of cleaning his shoes with champagne.

Two years ago, the event broke with convention by allowing racegoers to wear jumpsuits in the Royal Enclosure for the first time.

Organisers also announced they would try to draw in a new breed of visitors by putting on a 'party atmosphere' and a 'more vibrant feel'.

Meanwhile, no changes have been made to rules for 'Gentlemen'.

Juliet Slot, commercial director of Ascot, said: 'Fashion and style are an important part of the Royal Ascot experience for all of our customers.'

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The 1980s introduced us to Pac-Man, MTV and a host of trendy fashion styles. Some schools invite students to dress in period clothes for a day by hosting an "'80s Day." Both men's and women's fashion in the early 1980s featured bright-colored oversize shirts and tight-fitting pants. Choosing the right clothes for the day can be fun and somewhat challenging. Consider some 1980s-inspired fashions to wear on "'80s Day."Pop culture, including the television show "Miami Vice," had a big influence on 1980s men's fashions. The leading men, Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas, wore pastel colored suit jackets over casual T-shirts. This trend caught-on in mainstream fashion and young men started sporting similar outfits. Wear a T-shirt under a suit jacket for '80s Day to look like the men of the era. Wear deck shoes without socks and Ray-Ban Wayfarer style sunglasses to complete the look.Madonna, the pop singing sensation, greatly influenced women's fashion in the 1980s. Madonna burst onto the music scene with her song "Like a Virgin" and the accompanying music video. Madonna wore lace bras and bustiers as outerwear and accessorized with over-sized jewelry. She also wore lace gloves, which were sometime finger-less, fluffy skirts made of lace or tulle and chunky belts. Girls started dressing in a similar fashion in the 1980s. Choose this style of clothing for an '80s Day outfit. Wear a lot of lacy clothes over leggings. Accessorize with chunky necklaces and belts and wear stacks of rubber bracelets.Heavy metal of the 1980s introduced both a music and a fashion style. Heavy metal rockers sported "big hair" hair-dos, black leather pants and shredded band T-shirts. Some rockers wore tight, tattered jeans and leather jackets. Create a heavy metal style for '80s Day by wearing theme-appropriate clothing and by sporting a "big hair band" wig. Mullets were also a part of the rock scene of the 1980s.Another way to dress for '80s Day is to wear a T-shirt with neon-colored sayings or images on it. Or wear an oversize sweatshirt with shoulder pads and acid-washed jeans. The 1980s prime time soap opera "Dynasty," starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans, made displaying wealth a trend. The stars of the show wore expensive dresses and suits and accessorized with extravagant and flashy jewelry. The women of Dynasty wore extravagantly adorned, batwing sleeved dresses with large shoulder pads. The men wore tuxedos and business suits with silk ties in a solid color such as red or gold. These were often called "power ties." Look for these types of outfits at thrift stores. Designer names such as Ralph Lauren and Guess became popular too. Wear sweatshirts and other clothing items displaying these names and logos for '80s Day attire.
Reddit Users Share Outrageous Tales From the Tackiest Weddings They've Ever Been To
WE'VE probably all been to a wedding in our time where we've secretly disapproved of the bride's dress or the choice of venue.But some of these horror storiesfrom people's nuptials are guaranteed to make you cringe.Reddit users have taken to the social media site to share tales from the 'trashiest weddings' they've ever been to.One told how the groom turned up in a Hooters T-shirt, adding: "Turns out they had actually been divorced for six months at the time of the ceremony."Another recalled her horror when themother-in-law-to-be turned up to thewedding reception wearing a tracksuit.She joked: "The kicker is the track suit looked like it was from the 90s."One Reddit user confessed:"My aunt married her third husband in Waffle House in Atlanta Georgia."They chose the booth where Kid Rock was once arrested."Another told how they once worked at a very high-end golf clubinSeattle that regularly hosted expensive weddings.They shared a tale of a Samoan weddingin which the bride and groom "got into a fistfight right before the ceremony, delaying it a bit until bruises could be covered with makeup".The wedding party then ordered in Domino's pizza which people brazenly atein the fancy restaurant, despite their nuptials contract stating they must order from the golf club.One Reddit user who works as a wedding photographer told how on one of their jobs, thebest man "screwed the groom's mother between the meal and the dancing".The groom the foundout and punched the best man, breaking his hand. The best man then droveaway and got stopped by the police for drunk driving.Another told how onegroom- a plumber by trade- got his groomsmen to wear a rather strange accessory.They wrote: "The flowers the men wore on their lapels were mini toilets with flowers in them."The centrepieces were plungers. No, I'm not making this up."Meanwhile one shared the story of how theirgrandma-in-law went to a 'giraffe-themed wedding' for a blokewith "three baby mamas and an uncountable amount of kids".They wrote: "The bride and bridesmaids were in giraffe print dresses.There was also a giraffe cake and various sized giraffe ornaments scattered about."Another woman recalled her cousin's 'hunting-themed' wedding.She revealed the groom "wore a camo suit jacket and everything" while his bride ended up "hammered drunk" shortly after the reception started.Have you been to an incredibly 'trashy' wedding?Or did yours put any of these nuptials to shame? Share your story with us by dropping an email to Earlier today we told how a mum who scrounged thousands in handouts by claiming she was a single parent was unmasked as a benefits cheat after pictures of her lesbian wedding were posted on Facebook.