Royal crackdown on fascinators at Ascot racecourse
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
LONDON (AP) -- Organizers of the Royal Ascot race meeting say they're tightening their dress code by banning the feathered hairpieces popularized by Kate Middleton from the royal enclosure.
New rules put out by organizers Wednesday are the latest in a series of changes and clarifications put out by those behind the super-elite horse racing event held each June.
Ascot is a highlight of the British social calendar and organizers have been fighting to control the proliferation of provocative dresses, outrageous accessories and revealing tops.
Other rules introduced or reinforced Wednesday include the requirement that women must wear hats and a clarification that dresses must fall below the knee.
The new rules also state that men must wear a suit and tie in some areas. Those in the royal enclosure must wear a top hat.