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If you are still confused over what to wear to this week's Royal Ascot meet (that is, if the strict dress code hasn't scared you off) then here is a little inspiration for you. Setting the benchmark for racing style yesterday, were the young bloods of the Royal family, who attended the opening day of the event. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (who has recently been in a spot of bother), lead by example in their chic lady-like outfits. Have they been taking fashion tips from Kate Middleton?

The sisters travelled behind their grandmother, the Queen, in a second carriage. Beatrice chose a black and white Alexander McQueen ensemble, black gloves and shoes, and a matching Philip Treacy fascinator. While Eugenie opted for a cream embellished frock by Aussie designer Colette Dinnigan, teamed with an electric blue jacket and a jaunty Philip Treacy hat.

Their cousin, Zara Phillips (above, right) also looked a picture in a cream and black ensemble. I adore the delicate blouse with pussy-bow and pin. Her elaborate hat, adorned with giant flowers and feathers, also gets my tick of approval.

As we mentioned earlier this week, Royal Ascot is enforcing stricter rules on dress, in a bid to stamp out inappropriate attire inside the Royal Enclosure. The move also comes after it was dubbed 'Royal Chavscot' in recent years.

But even if you don't have passes to the Royal Enclosure, it is still worth taking note of a few of the more traditional style rules. I am not suggesting that you button yourself up to the chin, or frump yourself out for the sake of Her Majesty, but taking a few style tips from these ladies, pictured above, will certainly ensure that you end up on the best, and not the worst-dressed lists this year. Happy punting!