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Royal Ascot revellers go all out in feathered millinery for day 2 of the racing festival

High-spirited revellers looked ready to enjoy a day in the sun as they arrived for the second day of Royal Ascot. 

Glamorous women wearing summer dresses put their best fashion foot forward as they descended on the Berkshire racecourse with pretty handbags in tow.  

A total of 12,000 revellers have been granted tickets to each day of Royal Ascot as part of a list of pilot events taking place before the possible lifting of all lockdown restrictions next month.  

On Monday Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to 'Freedom Day' - and to the ending of all social distancing measures - but any disappointment looked far from the minds of racegoers as they kicked off the festivities this morning. 

Pastel perfection! A group of glamorous racegoers arrive for the second day of Royal Ascot in colourful summer frocks

All in the detail: From a Chanel necklace to feathers galore, revellers pulled out all the stops when it came to their looks

Matching magic! The Tootsie Rollers arrive in co-ordinating dresses for the second day of the five-day race meet 

True blue! A contrasting yellow hat brought this stunning summer look to life (left). Right, friends arriving at Royal Ascot

And they're off! A group of women admire the pristine grounds as they arrive for the second day for Royal Ascot

Standing out from the crowd: Towering hats were the order of the day as racegoers arrived at Royal Ascot this morning

Plenty of personality: This racegoer looked resplendent in a blue headpiece complete with a veil and large feathers 

Careful co-ordination: Revellers strike a pose in elegant blue-tone ensembles (left) and another goes for gold (right)

Dapper: Nicola Zaino arrived with a guest dressed in a soft pink long-sleeved dress for a day of fun in the sun at Ascot

Candy-coloured creations: Soft shades of pink (right) and rainbow accessories (left) proved popular with racegoers

Yesterday the Royal Family turned out in force for the first day of the five-day meet but it remains to be seen who will attend today. 

One notable exception to the royal line-up was the Queen, 95, but Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were spotted taking a keen interest in the races as her horse King's Lynn took part in the King’s Stand Stakes -finishing in seventh place. 

Camilla looked animated as she clutched her racing programme in the royal box, while discussing the action with her husband.  

They were joined by Mike and Zara Tindall making their first public appearance since the birth of their son Lucas in March, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex at the Berkshire racecourse for the annual family event.   

The Queen missed Royal Ascot for only the second time in 69 years. Her Majesty's racing manager confirmed the monarch would not be attending yesterday but is hoping to make it later in the week depending on 'how things go'.  

Feathered fancy! Nazar Bullen, from London,  is a vision in a pink feathered headpiece and dress at Royal Ascot

Here come the girls! The Tootsie Rollers arrive arm-in-arm at Royal Ascot for the second day of the racing festival

More is more! Nazer Bullen turned heads when she arrived in this extravagant feathered confection 

Strike a pose! The Tootsie Rollers got into formation as they posed for a photograph at the start of a day of fun at Royal Ascot

Think pink! Social media star Nino Tsomaya opted for an elegant rose-coloured dress for Royal Ascot

Splash of colour! The Tootsie Rollers added rainbow-coloured hats and headpieces to top off their monochrome looks

Ready for the day: Revellers scan their tickets on their way into the event, which is part of a Covid trial scheme

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