Tea cakes in the shape of hats will be served at Coworth Park in June in honor… (Dorchester Collection )
Nothing is quite as endearing as fancy hats, particularly those worn this month to British events such as the famed Royal Ascot horse races or a formal party for the queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Here's a tasty way to get in on the hat hoopla: Have tea at the luxe hotel Coworth Park in Ascot and sample the toppers disguised as tea cakes that will be served this month.
The queen's crown, a top hat and a jockey's cap (a nod to Ascot races) and a lady's hat adorned in jubilee colors of purple, red and gold will be served along with a signature Royal Blend, which incorporates lavender picked on the grounds, and a glass of Champagne. Cost is $60 per person.
But back to Ascot. Hats are as important to Ascot — June 19-23 at the course near Windsor Castle — as they are to the Kentucky Derby. And the required dress code depends on what tickets you buy.
Those lucky enough to score a ticket to the Royal Enclosure (you have to be sponsored by an existing ticket-holder who has attended four previous years, according to the website), dresses should fall just above the knee or longer, and going strapless is a no-no. Men are required to wear a waistcoat and tie, black or gray top hat and black shoes.
As for hats, women are encouraged to wear them — with the minimum requirement for the Royal Enclosure being a "headpiece with a four-inch base." Hmm, wonder whose job it is to measure them for compliance?