Kate Middleton proves she’s a-head of the crowds yet again

Hat's the way to do it: Kate Middleton has been spotted in stylish headwear
Hat's the way to do it: Kate Middleton has been spotted in stylish headwear©Ikon Pictures Ltd/Rex Features

Kate Middleton is undeniably a woman of style, and now the Duchess of Cambridge has been credited with smartening up one of the dress code for prestigious sporting event Royal Ascot.

Ladies attending this year’s event will need to adhere to newly introduced guidelines that ban fascinators and insist on all female visitors wearing hats instead.

And milliner Stephen Jones thinks it’s the example that the super-groomed Duchess set which has had influence on organisers.

Speaking to The Telegraph’s Mandrake column, the milliner said: “The Duchess is so well dressed, and I think that has helped to push things in that direction.

“She has had this huge influence, as a figure for how to be smartly and nicely dressed and quite simply dressed but still looking young. Fascinators actually originated from America.”

Stephen added: “It’s great, in a way, because people won’t turn up looking like they are just going to a cocktail party.”

Of course Kate isn’t averse to wearing the odd fascinator herself, with the 30-year-old being spotted at many-a-social event sporting the feathered headwear.

The Duchess is often complimented on her style, and has seen her fashion choices influence the public in the past.

A fan of both designer and high street options, Kate has caused garments to sell out hours after being snapped wearing them.

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