Royal Ascot is the crown jewel in horse racing, there can be few sporting events that are able to match Royal Ascot's rich pageantry, fashion and style.

For over 300 years royal ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar.

This world famous race meeting is steeped in tradition and dates back to 1711. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day.

The quality of the horse racing is simply outstanding, over 300,000 people will make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week. Making it without doubt the greatest attended race meeting in the world.


 

Tuesday 17th June - The Royal Meeting begins

The racecourse and grounds look magnificent; ideal surroundings for the first Royal Procession that signals the opening of the Royal Meeting. After the last race, racegoers can celebrate their winnings by joining in with the traditional singing around the Bandstand.


 

Wednesday 18th June - The Prince of Wales's Stakes

The highlight and feature race of the second day is the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Established in 1862, it’s arguably the most important race of the Royal Meeting. Past winners include Rewilding, Byword, Manduro, and Ouija Board.


 

Thursday 19th June - Gold Cup Day

Style and elegance combine for the height of the summer social calendar on Gold Cup Day, colloquially known as ‘Ladies’ Day’. Although the whole week at Royal Ascot is a fashion show like no other, it is Thursday when the designer creations and millinery masterpieces reach the greatest heights.


 

Friday 20th June - The Coronation Stakes

The feature race on Friday is the Coronation Stakes, which traditionally brings together the leading three-year-old fillies in Europe.

Also on the card is the King Edward VII Stakes, which was formerly known as the ‘Ascot Derby’, as its conditions mirror those of the Epsom Classic. In 1926 the race was renamed in memory of King Edward VII.


 

Saturday 21st June  - The Grand Finale

The final day of the Royal Meeting always provides a dramatic climax, featuring one of the world’s most important sprint races: The Diamond Jubilee Stakes. As the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, it is also Britain’s joint most valuable sprint race, alongside the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.


 

The Royal Procession

On each of the five days of Royal Ascot, Her Majesty The Queen and her guests arrive by horse-drawn landaus in full view of up to 80,000 racegoers, passing by each of the enclosures and ending in the Parade Ring.

This tradition began in 1825, when King George IV, leading four other coaches with members of the Royal Party, travelled up the centre of the racecourse in front of the crowds.


 

The Royal Enclosure - The Centrepiece of the Royal Ascot

The Royal Enclosure is at the heart of Royal Ascot, with exclusive viewing areas and some of the best facilities on the course. The Royal Enclosure includes access to the viewing area by the Winning Post and the Royal Enclosure Garden, perfect for relaxing with friends and guests.