The hashtag #ascothats is reaching its annual peak on Instagram, and we’ve has a nose through to see who’s wearing the best headgear at this year’s prestigious horse-racing event…

1 Loving these self-made cactus creations by the gals behind Petershams Millinery Supplies. Based in Elephant & Castle, the shop specialises in vintage hat making goods and modern supplies with vintage flair.

2 Actress Kate Holderness keeps it classic and classy – this headpiece is also a great way to keep the sun off your face!

OFF TO THE RACES Such an amazing day at @ascotracecourse

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3 A fun, fabulously tropical effort created by Bink of West Yorkshire-based Pearls & Swine Millinery and worn by interior designer Anouska Lancaster.

4 Actress, TV presenter, socialite and businesswoman Marinika Smirnova usurps even Mariah Carey’s love of butterflies…

5 Hats off to these top-hated gents. And a tasteful monochrome number for the lady.

Not a bad looking bunch #ascot #royalascot #instagram #racing #london

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6 Super-Doodler Grace Du Prez, a London-based 3D-printing pen artist, creates a wearbale doodle hat. Impressive!

7 This one’s a cheeky #throwback to last year, but we couldn’t resist. These Red Arrow and Spitfire hats, created by Angela Bruce Millinery for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading RAF charity, are flying high in our book.

8 We’ve cheekily plucked this one right out of 2014, but the quirky, colourful vintage ensemble, plus use of the #hatscot hashtag, gets enough brownie points from us to catapult it right back into the best of 2017.

#isabellekristensen looking fabulous in #johnboydhats for the first day of Royal Ascot 2017!! #ascothats #royalascot

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Off to Royal Ascot

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9 THE photo of Royal Ascot 2017 is this one of the Countess of Wessex taking a tumble practically into the lap of the Duchess of Cambridge. Both look fabulous, and both manage to keep those beautiful hats perfectly in place.