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Epsom Ladies Day

Britain is famous for many things: for historical and iconic monuments, for music, arts, for sports and the royal family. But also for the habit of drinking tea and wearing hats for almost any occasion, formal or not!

Speaking about the hats, there are plenty of social events in Britain suitable for wearing a hat. Some of the occasions are the go-to places to show off your hats and outfit! Being part of the Royal and of the high society etiquette, the tradition and the habit of having your head covered is moving forward with the very popular royal public engagements and the recent weddings in the royal family!
In my opinion, HRM the Queen has always been the fashion icon ladies always looked up to in terms of elegance and hat fashion. But a very fresh and young approach on the style has been initiated by Lady Diana, and closer to date, by Princess Katherine Middleton. Their style and fashion tastes along the royal etiquette put the milliners in front of the world, and with every royal wedding or public engagement, we are looking closely to their beautiful headpieces and what trend they are getting ahead. It is amazing how many styles, colours and shapes they are displaying!

Having in mind that Britain is the country of hats (and tea), I am putting together some of the most important dates for your calendar, in case (of course) you need some planning ahead for tickets, outfits, hats of course, and maybe even childcare!


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Cheltenham Ladies Day

March 11, 2020.

Cheltenham Racecourse, UK. Mix of jump racing and fashion.

Cheltenham is world famous for it’s horse racing course at Prestbury Park and the main hurdles event being the Gold Cup National Hunt Festival week in March. The town is home to the famous Cheltenham Ladies College known for its outstanding academic excellence.

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Dubai World Cup

March 28, 2020

Dubai , UAE

Richest day of horse racing in the world held at Meydan Racecourse, where the world’s finest come to race. Meydan’s annual racing season is starting soon, with the running of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, and their signature event, the world’s richest day in racing, the Dubai World Cup.

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The Boat Race Cambridge and Oxford
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The Boat Race

March 29, 2020

England, UK

It is an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities. The famous Race takes place on the River Thames in West London between Putney and Mortlake.

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Grand National Ladies Day

April 3, 2020

Aintree, UK

#fabulousFriday at the showpiece horse race

Saturday 4th April is Grand National Day

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Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

146th renewal of ‘The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports’.

Today, some 150,000 spectators gather annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, sometimes referred to as “the greatest two minutes in sports.” Besides placing bets on horses, Derby fans are famous for drinking mint juleps, singing “Old Kentucky Home” and wearing flamboyant hats.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May, 19-23 2020, Cancelled due to COVID-19

London, UK

Held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious show in the world. As the highlight of the horticultural calendar, RHS Chelsea is the place to see cutting-edge garden design, breathtaking floral displays and new, genius garden gadgetry, with some 168,000 visitors attending the show each year.

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The Investec Derby Festival

June 5-6, 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19

Epsom, Surrey, England, UK

The Investec Derby Festival is two days of heart-pounding action marking the official start to your summer: The 2020 Festival will bring you Investec Ladies’ Day on Friday 5th June and Investec Derby Day on Saturday 6th June.

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Race goers enjoy the sunshine at the Epsom Ladies Day at the Epsom Down Racecourse, in Epsom, outside London, Britain, 05 June 2015. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
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Royal Ascot

June,16- 20 2020.Later Edit due to COVID-19.

Windsor, Ascot, England UK

The event will be now held at home, #STYLEDWITHTHANKS. The milliners are creating headpieces to be auctioned during the event and all the proceedings are donated to the frontline charities :The National Emergencies Trust Relief Fund, NHS Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.

Ascot is famous for its extravagant gowns and headpieces. Millinery creations this year included birds, flowers and even a paint palette. Premier Admission is not as formal as the Royal Enclosure, but visitors still dress up, and fascinators are the norm.

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Henley The Royal Regatta

July 1-5, 2020

Oxfordshire, England, UK

The Draw for all Events usually takes place the Saturday before in Henley Town Hall. The full Henley Course: one mile 550 yards (2,112 metres).

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Notting Hill Carnival 2019. Picture: The Sun

Notting Hill Carnival

August 30-31, 2020

The world’s second-largest street festival is back this summer for an even louder – and more spectacular – experience. The Notting Hill Carnival brings together diverse multicultural communities for a free-for-all party in the capital.

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London Hat Week

Later edit: new dates due COVID-19 lockdown : 6-12 October 2020

Diverse venues across London. Collection of hat related events run by milliners and brands.

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The Great Hat Exhibition To The Future And Back

Later Edit: new dates due to COVID-19: 6-11 Octombe, 2020

London Hat Ween Official Exhibition. Hat designs and pop-up shop at the Menier Gallery London.

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London Hat Walk

Later Edit: new date due to COVID-19: 11 October 2020 @ 2.00 – 3.00 PM

Stroll with a hat along the River Thames. Part of London Hat Week.

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So many interesting events to be part of! They all are intense and most of them are glamorous, requiring pre-planed outfits with serious time and budgets invested way ahead!

Oana Millinery is offering ready to wear and bespoke hats and fascinators, made in the traditional millinery way, able to complete and complement your outfit!

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