Royal Ascot

Over the past 300 years Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

It was Queen Anne who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot, which in those days was called East Cote. Whilst out riding in 1711, she came upon an area of open heath, not far from Windsor Castle, that looked an ideal place for “horses to gallop at full stretch”.

Today the tradition does not change – the Queen Anne Stakes continues to be run in memory of the monarch who founded the course three centuries ago.

The Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot and is traditionally the busiest day of the week. It is colloquially known as “Ladies’ Day” as, in the formative years, it was the dominant day in terms of the racing, attracting the largest crowds and, it must be assumed from the emergence of the term “Ladies’ Day,” more ladies!

Royal Ascot is a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar. Each year, for the third week in June, tradition, pageantry, fashion and style combine at one of the most beautiful settings in the country. Ascot Racecourse is visited by over 500,000 racegoers a year, accounting for 10% of all UK racegoers.

The quality of the racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with £4.5 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen ‘Group’ races (racing’s term for the most prestigious races) over the five days.

The Queen generally leads a procession from Windsor Castle to the course and one of the most enduring images of the meeting is the colourful and extravagant array of hats worn by the ladies - ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

While the racing is at times overshadowed by the grandeur of the occasion, it remains of the highest quality. The best of the races is the Gold Cup, run on Ladies Day (Thursday). Keep an eye on the names of the owners on the race card as the Queen usually runs some of her best horses at this meeting.

Each day follows the same format with The Royal Procession making its way from the Golden Gates, along the racecourse and into the Parade Ring from 2.00pm each afternoon. The first race of six each day is at 2.30pm and the last race is at 5.35pm, after which racegoers are invited to celebrate their winnings as they sing traditional favourites, and a few new ones, around the bandstand.

Dress Code for Royal Ascot – Smart Elegance

So for starters, wave goodbye to fascinators and say hello to a headpiece that is 10cm or more in diameter, meaning a hat that covers the crown. Out goes the strap less, halter neck, and off the shoulder dresses. Two straps of one inch or more must be worn, which even includes pashminas or jackets. Dresses must be knee length or longer, and of course, midriffs must be covered. For those who wish to wear trouser suits, they must be full length and of matching material and colour.

For the Gentlemen attending ascot, there are rules for them too. They must wear a waistcoat and tie, not a cravat, a black or grey top hat and black shoes. The customisation of top hats (with, for instance, coloured ribbons or bands) is not allowed.

Royal Ascot Tour Package Includes:

  • Return coach transport from central London
  • Picnic style buffet lunch (including sparkling wine)
  • Silver Ring enclosure ticket for Royal Ascot
  • Post race day party in London

Other services available at additional cost:

  • Visas
  • Flight tickets
  • Excursions
  • VIP Services

For any further inquiries please contact our office where we will be happy to help.

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