Royal Ascot Hats [food fashion]

Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Royal Ascot is one of the important events on the British social calendar — there's royalty and horse-racing involved! — and the fashion parade on Ladies' Day, traditionally Thursday, is when the spectacle of hats occurs. According to the Royal Ascot dress code, "hats or a substantial fascinator must be worn in the Royal Enclosure," but even those who aren't in the Royal Enclosure participate in the display of elaborate, ostentatious hats. (See galleries here and there.)

Some get started early: Above is Isabella Christensen on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 wearing an "English summer" hat, which presumably means strawberries, spoons, butterflies, and clover.

Looking through previous Royal Ascots, you can find a whole bunch of food hats, from watercress sandwiches, to giant wheels of Stilton, to cakes, to fruit:

2006: Watercress Sandwich Hat. Photos: Getty Images

2007: Strawberry Hat. Photo: AP

2007: Cake Hat. Photo: AP

2008: Stilton Hat: Photo:

2008: Mixed Drink Hat. Photo: BBC

2007: Martini Glass Hat. Photo:

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