Ladies' Day kicks off Epsom as patriotic racegoers don Jubilee kit
15:47 GMT, 1 June 2012
The Royal Wedding sparked a trend for elegant headwear at Epsom Ladies Day last year, but today Union Flags were rife as racegoers paid homage to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Despite the grey skies, splashes of red, blue and white brightened up proceedings as crowds of spectators poured into the stadium grounds.
Model and face of the annual three-day event Laura Bailey also made an appearance to crown the best dressed attendee.
Racegoers pose for a photograph in Union Jack themed ensembles
But instead of wearing the national colours the 39-year-old, who follows in the footsteps of M&S model Erin O' Connor as the face of Investec sponsored festival, opted for a mint green sleeveless dress with a caramel coloured hat and wedged heels.
Punters were competing for best dressed at one of the most iconic events on the sporting calendar, with the first prize being a limited edition Horseshoe Necklace created by jeweller Theo Fennell.
Clearly hours of standing in the grass did nothing to put women off wearing heels as platform shoes were out in full force.
The Queen is due to attend tomorrow but will no doubt stick to sensible footwear.
Classical singer Katherine Jenkins
will perform the national anthem at Derby Day, which is expected to draw
crowds of more than 125,000.
derby dates from 1780, and is ranked as the greatest flat race in the
world. With winnings of 1.25m, it has one of the biggest prizes in UK
Laura Bailey opted for a mint green sleeveless dress with a caramel coloured hat and wedged heels (left) while many of the other racegoers went for Union Flag colours (right)
Celebratory spirit: The Investec Ladies' Day kicked off the annual three-day event
Past winners include legendary horses such as Seabird, Nijinsky, Mill Reef and Shergar. Pour Moi won the race in 2011.
Passengers travelling by train to the Epsom Derby Festival this weekend are being advised to try to avoid using the town's main railway station, as ongoing redevelopment works at the site are likely to mean 'very long waiting times' for onward buses and taxis.
Mark Epsom, from Southern Railway, said: 'We want everyone to have a great day out and have a trouble-free journey to and from the racecourse.
'It’s unfortunate that the building works at Epsom station mean that access is severely restricted, but Tattenham Corner and Epsom Downs stations will be more than able to cope with the additional number of passengers expected as a result.'
The stadium grounds have been specially decorated for the Jubilee
On trend: The Union Flag was seen in various forms today at the Epsom Derby
Style statement: There colourful trousers are certainly eye-catching
Flying the flag: Despite grey skies racegoers remained in high spirits