Summer season's last bastion of class: Henley Royal Regatta gets underway in style (with barely a tattoo or fake tan in sight)
18:11 GMT, 28 June 2012
The social season in Britain has long been a time for the gentry to don their finery and gather at race courses, festivals or regattas to see and be seen.
This most quintessentially English tradition, which starts at Easter and runs until August 12 when grouse shooting begins starts, takes in such events as Ascot, Wimbledon and, indeed, the Henley Royal Regatta, which began yesterday and ends on Sunday.
But while so many of these once discreet, sophisticated affairs have become opportunities for brash corporate guests to booze their way to oblivion, or for celebrities to shamelessly self promote, the Henley Royal Regatta has managed to maintain its decorum.
With women in demure floral dresses and the men in smart, often brightly coloured suits, there was not a fake tan or misjudged mini skirt in sight.
Flower power! These girls brought a splash of colour to the festival today
Attendees dressed in their best, with
many women choosing to wear hats and the men wearing ties and boater
hats to take in the rowing events on the river Thames.
Henley Royal Regatta has been an annual event on the British sporting
calendar since 1839 (the only times it hasn't taken place is during the
two World Wars).
organisers from Ascot and Wimbledon have been forced to issue dress
codes thanks to the inappropriate attire of many less genteel folk who
now include the events in their social calendar, the Henley Regatta had
no need to remind visitors that fake tan, mini skirts, and dresses which
expose ample cleavages were not appropriate.
Everyone pictured at the event by the River Thames thus far has been dressed befittingly for the occasion.
Cause for celebration indeed.
Here come the girls: There was not a mini skirt in sight at the festival today
Pretty in pinks! It is traditional to wear bright colours at the festival
Fashionable: Floral dresses and blazers were stylish and youthful without being revealing
Well-dressed: Hats, suits and demure hemlines make Henley a joy to behold
No trashy outfits here: Guests arrive at the Henley Royal Regatta today
Dapper day out: Men and women donned their best outfits for the day by the river
Smart: There's been no need for the organisers of the historic event to issue warnings on dress code
Ready for some rowing: Maxi dresses and boater hats were common attire for those heading to watch the races on the Thames
Historic: The Regatta has taken place every year since 1839 (except during the World Wars) and is yet to be invaded by celeb hangers-on
Typical British weather: The event carried on despite frequently rain showers
Not ready for rain: These spectators had to shelter under a pashmina but it didn't spoil their fun
Spot of lunch: Many brought along their own picnic hampers
British affair: This group took their picnic complete with table, chairs and an umbrella with union flag bunting
Relaxing by the river: Revellers watch the races go past at Henley-on-Thames
Waterside entertainment: A couple follow the rowing action as it passes their picnic
Team GB: The regatta provided an opportunity for our olympians and Paraolympians to get some more race practise before the games
Competitive: Lee Rowing Club were one of the teams racing on the first day of the event in picturesque surroundings
Exhausted: The rowers pushed themselves to the limit in their races