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ROYAL fan Kayleigh Imiela felt like a princess after winning an annual fashion competition at a North-East racecourse.

Kayleigh, 31, from Middlesbrough, was “absolutely flabbergasted” after winning the Best-Dressed Lady competition on Ladies’ Day at Redcar Races on Saturday.

Kayleigh, 31, who works for Yorkshire Bank, at Stockton, said: “I wasn’t going to enter until my friends said I should and I can’t believe I’ve won. There were so many beautiful ladies here, I didn’t think I stand a chance.

“I’m a real fan of the Royals and Disney and have always dreamed of being a princess so it’s a dream come true.”

Kayleigh won an overnight stay for two at Rockliffe Hall with dinner in the Orangery, a spa treatment each and a session in the Spa Garden. She also collected a Gucci necklace, bracelet and £150 gift voucher from Market Cross Jewellers, a Personal Shopping Experience and £50 voucher from Betty Leigh Boutique, and hospitality for four from The Prosecco Quarter.

More than £3,000 worth of prizes were up for grabs on Ladies’ Day with other prizes donated by Chic Hats and Orange Kerr and Beauty.

The winner of the Best Hat competition was Tracey Raw, of Redcar, who said: “I’m proper buzzing. I can’t believe I’ve won.”

Tracey, who made her own fuscia pink and baby blue hat, was second in the competition in 2017 and a finalist in 2016.

She recently turned a hobby into something more serious by launching a business called Shanley’s Bespoke Fascinators.