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Fascinators Fly Everywhere (Literally) At The Royal Ascot

A sudden bout of strong winds and rain made wearing hats and dresses to the Royal Ascot quite treacherous. But this is the U.K. so they kind of had it coming!

Wind assaults racegoers on the fourth day of the races.

For reference, this is what it was like wearing large hats on the third day of the Royal Ascot:

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You could wear a dinner plate with a plastic English breakfast on it without having to pick it up from the ground like this lady.

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She had the misfortune of attending on the fourth day, when the weather got nasty British. And some sections (the good seats) mandate hats, so you can imagine how chaotic these races get when the wind becomes unkind.

It’s got some ladies fretting:

Eeeeeek what has happened to the weather, my outfit needs it to be sunny on Saturday for Royal Ascot!!!

— LitttleLaura1 (@Laura Stevens)

Eeeeeek what has happened to the weather, my outfit needs it to be sunny on Saturday for Royal Ascot!!!— Laura Stevens

Dear wind, please drop. I'm off to Royal Ascot tomorrow, and I *really* don't want to have to chase my fascinator around the Parade Ring.

— teambeales (@Jess Beales)

Dear wind, please drop. I’m off to Royal Ascot tomorrow, and I *really* don’t want to have to chase my fascinator around the Parade Ring.— Jess Beales

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Some men are rejoicing and jesting:

Do they have a portaloo for the Queen at Royal Ascot? Hope the wind doesn't get up and the door fly open!

— Maplestead4 (@John)

Do they have a portaloo for the Queen at Royal Ascot? Hope the wind doesn’t get up and the door fly open!— John

Wind howling, raining drizzling, temperature going down. Perfect Friday at Royal Ascot for ladies wearing very little.

— James_Wyatt (@James Wyatt)

Wind howling, raining drizzling, temperature going down. Perfect Friday at Royal Ascot for ladies wearing very little.— James Wyatt

This gale force wind is probably so needed on No Panty Day surrounded by tugs at Royal Ascot #WishIWasThere

— DecCPFC (@Declan Clarke)

This gale force wind is probably so needed on No Panty Day surrounded by tugs at Royal Ascot #WishIWasThere— Declan Clarke

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Others see the winds as a sign from God:

Royal Ascot today! Weather? Wife's got her posh frock and hat and I have a posh suit and no hat!!

— Dadakatz (@Ian Taylor)

Royal Ascot today! Weather? Wife’s got her posh frock and hat and I have a posh suit and no hat!!— Ian Taylor

Apparently, the stormy weather is affecting Royal Ascot. #GodIsaClassWarrior

— RCMoya612 (@René Christian Moya)

Apparently, the stormy weather is affecting Royal Ascot. #GodIsaClassWarrior— René Christian Moya

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Others seem seriously concerned about finely attired ladies being able to look… finely attired:

Our helicopter fleet is now at Royal Ascot for Ladies Day. Let's hope the weather brightens up so the ladies can show off their outfits.

— atlashelis (@Atlas Helicopters)

Our helicopter fleet is now at Royal Ascot for Ladies Day. Let’s hope the weather brightens up so the ladies can show off their outfits.— Atlas Helicopters

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I spy a Chanel wrap on that women. (Well, it’s either that or a knockoff.)

The wise ones are just drinking their way through it:

Royal ascot with my beaut @KellyMacG26 ; shame about the weather, bring on the drinking xxx

— Princess_tpupx (@Tia austin ♡)

Royal ascot with my beaut @KellyMacG26 ; shame about the weather, bring on the drinking xxx— Tia austin ♡

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And some are resorting to good old-fashioned optimism:

Off to Royal Ascot for ladies day with @LisaMartinPT The weather will not 'dampen' our spirit! #funtimes

— sophiepod (@Sophie Harding)

Off to Royal Ascot for ladies day with @LisaMartinPT The weather will not ‘dampen’ our spirit! #funtimes— Sophie Harding

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And some used the day as an excuse to break out novelty umbrellas:

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Or hats that looked like they might keep the rain out of the eyes:

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Naturally, supermodel Lara Stone attended with her actor husband David Walliams, and the two of them looked just perfect:

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I guess she got a wisp of hair in her face but was otherwise not left chasing her fascinator around the race grounds. Things like that just don’t happen to supermodels.

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