Royal Ascot 2014: Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st June

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Come June and it is time for one of Britain’s most iconic events, Royal Ascot. Established and founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, this 300 years old event has become the centrepiece of the British social calendar and home to one of the world’s best horse racing events.

Royal Ascot is all about heritage, tradition, pageantry, fashion and style and is described as, ‘An occasion rich in every sense – in heritage, in sporting merit, and in the vast array of wealth represented by the royal family, crowds of dukes, earls and oligarchs.’ Royal ascot is the place to be and be seen amongst the royals and high class society. The media coverage on the attendees and the fashion exceeds the actual racing event.

The five days event is attended by HM Queen Elizabeth II every year along with various members of the royal family arriving in a horse drawn carriage which begins from Windsor Castle to Ascot racecourse as part of the royal procession followed by the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard.

There are three enclosures with different dress codes at the Royal Ascot week.

The Royal Enclosure-‘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. To become a member you must be sponsored by an existing member who has attended at least four previous years.’

Dress Code-

Ladies-

  • Ladies may wear a formal day dress, or skirt and top. Dresses and skirts should be of modest length, defined as falling just above the knee or longer, and the straps on dresses and tops should be at least one inch wide (2.5cm).
  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted, and midriffs must be covered.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour.
  • Hats should be worn. A headpiece with a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
  • Fascinators are not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

Gents-

  • It is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress including a waistcoat and tie, with a top hat and black shoes.
  • Cravats are not accepted in the Royal Enclosure.
  • All gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure should wear a top hat. Top hats must be either black or grey. Customisation – such as the use of coloured ribbons or bands – is not permitted. A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club, or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.
  • Black shoes should be worn.

The Grandstand– ‘Grandstand Admission provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level. The Parade Ring and track are both within a short walking distance, reached by crossing the Concourse of the main Grandstand. There are a variety of places to eat and drink, with betting available from the bookmakers in the betting ring, tote pool kiosks, and betting shops in the main Grandstand.’

Dress code-

Ladies-

  • Ladies in the Grandstand are encouraged to dress as for a formal occasion.
  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn, with dresses and tops that comply with the dress code. Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trousers must be full length. Shorts are not permitted.
  • Grandstand Admission racegoers are also welcome to follow the Royal Enclosure dress code.

Gents-

  • Gentlemen in the Grandstand are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie. Sports attire, jeans and shorts are not permitted.
  • Grandstand Admission racegoers are also welcome to follow the Royal Enclosure dress code.

Silver Ring– ‘Silver Ring provides an excellent vantage point to watch the Royal Procession, the official opening to each day, and you could be one of the first racegoers to see The Queen as she makes her way down the track.’

Dress code-

  • Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.
  • Fancy dress, novelty, and branded or promotional clothing is not allowed, and bare chests are not permitted at any time.

2014 Highlights

Tuesday 17th June-Opening Day

10:30am – Gates Open

2:00pm – Royal Procession

2:30pm – First race- The Queen Anne Stake       

4:25pm – Feature Race- The St James’s Palace Stakes

5:35pm – Last Race- The King’s Stand Stakes, the first British leg of the

Global Sprint Challenge

6:00pm – Singing around the Bandstand

Wednesday 18th June-Prince of Wales Stakes

10:30am – Gates Open

2:00pm – Royal Procession

2:30pm – First Race

4:25pm – Feature Race

5:35pm – Last Race

6:00pm – Singing around the Bandstand

Thursday 19th June-Ladies Day

10:30am – Gates Open

2:00pm – Royal Procession

2:30pm – First Race

4:25pm – Feature Race

5:35pm – Last Race

6:00pm – Singing around the Bandstand

Friday 20th June – Coronation Day

10:30am – Gates Open

2:00pm – Royal Procession

2:30pm – First Race

4:25pm – Feature Race

5:35pm – Last Race

6:00pm – Singing around the Bandstand

Saturday 21st June-Grand Finale

10:30am – Gates Open

2:00pm – Royal Procession

2:30pm – First Race

4:25pm – Feature Race

5:35pm – Last Race

6:00pm – Singing around the Bandstand

Here is a great taste of what to expect: