Royal Ascot may have got off to a rainy start but the first two days have seen a fabulously Royal turn out with Prince William and Kate Middleton joining the Queen today to meet the crowds at the annual race meet in Berkshire.

The royal couple joined Queen Elizabeth II today as a favour for her birthday, according to Vanity Fair – having turned down offers to join the royal box in previous years. The Queen, a diligent race goer, never misses the event and was in attendance yesterday to greet the masses who waited in the rain dressed in their best in the hope of seeing her.

While the real fashion show kicks off on Friday at Royal Ascot's Ladies Day, there have already been some inventive and sophisticated sartorial surprises from those have added a little flair to the race's strict dress code. If you're heading to Ascot this weekend take note from those who have already checked out the turf...

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Queen Elizabeth II looks wonderful in a pink ensemble with printed floral dress and white gloves as well as her trusty Launer bag on day twoGetty
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Kate Middleton brightened up the second day of Royal Ascot in a muted, elegant ivory Dolce & Gabbana dress and blush courtsChris Jackson/Getty Images
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, plays with neons in a vibrant blue ensemble and graphic detailed hatGetty
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall followed in the Queen's footsteps arriving for day two of Ascot in a blush dress and coat with floral decorated hatGetty
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If you're opting for a monochrome look head to toe, add a touch of opulence with a sculptural piece of headwearGetty
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Match the head wear to base colour of your outfit then embellish to your heart's contentGetty
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A muted palette will always look classic and sophisticated, as proved by actress Olivia GrantGetty
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If you're planning on padding on the field then choose your footwear wisely. For Princess Anne, a block heel is a safe option come rain or shineGetty
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Make outerwear part of your whole look and match your umbrella to your outfit, like Princess Beatrice Getty
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Liz Hurley's neat monochrome shift and cropped jacket looks fantastic with simple nude stilettosGetty
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Your choice of hat can make or break your look when the rain comes... a wide brim will keep you just that little bit drierGetty
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Those opting for trousers or longer dresses, always opt for midi to ensure you aren't waterlogged by the time of the last raceGetty
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Bright and textured looks will capture people's attention whatever the weather, but if you're leaving your coat behind be sure to have an umbrella handyGetty
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If sun doesn't show its face, take heed from the Queen's colour choices and wear the hue that is lacking in the skyGetty