Prince Harry's former flame Florence Brudenell-Bruce leads parade of fillies in flamboyant hats as she strikes an elegant pose at Royal Ascot
18:50 GMT, 20 June 2012
She's been pictured numerous times wearing nothing but underwear, but today Prince Harry's former flame Florence Brudenell-Bruce channelled her more demure side as she attended day two of Royal Ascot.
Wearing a buttoned-up cream jacket, below-the-knee Missoni dress and cut-out heels, the 26-year-old lingerie model struck an elegant pose as she stopped for pictures at the gates of the Berkshire race course. She topped her classic ensemble with a striking feather headpiece by Jane Taylor, one of the Royals' favourite milliners, which featured a black plume of feathers bold bloom.
Once inside the grounds she joined a number of celebrity guests which included her ex-boyfriend Jenson Button. She dated the Formula 1 racing driver for 18 months before before their split in 2008. But the two kept a clear distance, and Button was seen wandering around hand in hand with long-term girlfriend Jessica Michibata.
Strike a pose: Florence opted for a a buttoned-up cream jacket, Missoni dress, cut out heels and a Jane Taylor hat
Fine plumes: Lingerie model Florence Bruce turned heads with a striking feather Jane Taylor headpiece
The Japanese fashion model was easily visible in a bright blood orange shift, and feminine netted hat.
Although outrageous hats have become
synonymous with the annual horse racing event – this year the designs
have proved particularly modest.
With a strict new dress code enforced it seems many racegoers have been more cautious with their choice of attire.
And although some
racegoers in rule-breaking wares have apparently slipped through the net,
Ascot’s head of communications, Nick Smith, declared himself ‘delighted
with the standard of dress’.
added: ‘We always said that we would adopt the new rules sensitively,
using common sense and discretion, especially in the first year, and
that is what we are doing. The most important thing is that people have an enjoyable time.’
Some of the most flamboyant racegoers spotted so far include model Anneka Tanaka-Svenska who opted for 3,000 bird-cage outfit created by milliner Louis Mariett.
Formula 1 racing driver Jenson Button was seen wandering around hand in hand with long-term girlfriend Jessica Michibata
Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Jackie St Clair has also sported some wacky headwear. For the first day of Ascot she opted for an over-sized Union Flag bow to top off her bright blue ensemble and today she confidently wore a larger than life floral hat.
Royal Ascot's Ladies' Day, held this year on Thursday, will no doubt see the most outlandish outfits.
Explaining the new dress code Charles Barnett, chief executive of Ascot, added: 'Ascot is Europe's flagship race meeting and one of the world's greatest sporting and social events. We have tried to provide an appropriate dress code that is clear, workable and in line with the wishes of racegoers.
'Over the last few months, a huge amount of planning has gone in to making sure that the implementation of the new code goes as smoothly as possible. During the meeting itself, our team of special dress code assistants will help people with any queries that they may have.
anyone heading for the royal enclosure who had failed to bring a hat
was ushered discreetly to an office in which there was a huge array to
choose from for a 50 deposit.
Bold display: Many racegoers dressed to impress, choosing colourful ensembles that brightened up proceedings
The Ascot factor: Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Jackie St Clair wowed in a giant purple floral hat
Anna Newlands from Camberley poses for photographers to showcase her bright scarlet headpiece
Under the new guidelines strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted to Royal Ascot
A spectator's face is hidden from the camera by her wide-brimmed hat (left) while Belinda Strudwick peers out under her peacock feather creation (right)