Fashion Meets Racing at Royal Ascot
Fashion and horse racing mix nowhere better than at Royal Ascot and it is an experience that should be sampled at least once in your lifetime.
There may traditionally be one day set aside at the five-day meeting in mid-June as Ladies’ Day, but every day feels like a Ladies’ Day due to the styles and fashions on show. Throw in the Royal flavour as well and it is an occasion which blends a mix of British tradition with global modernity.
This year’s Royal Ascot meeting starts on Tuesday 16th June and runs until Saturday 20th June, with Thursday 18th Ladies’ Day. It is easy to travel to as trains run regularly out of London Waterloo towards the racecourse and you can even take advantage of using the Ascot Express, which provides you with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival at the course.
The first race is usually run at 2.30pm, but given the size of the bustling crowds which attend every day, you’ll want to get there early, especially as you don’t want to miss the Royal procession which takes place half-an-hour before the first race. This features several horse-drawn carriages coming down the length of the racecourse, with the Queen, other members of the Royal Family and invited guests sat in them. Added interest to the procession comes in being able to bet on what colour hat the Queen will be wearing that day.
The Queen is a massive horse racing fan and she has attended every Royal Ascot meeting during her reign. Only two years ago, she memorably won the big race on Ladies’ Day – the Gold Cup – with Estimate and you couldn’t help but smile at the joy such a win brought to her.
There is a real mix of people from all walks of life at the meeting as well, as it is an occasion for everyone to get dressed up. It’s a place where people like to be seen, but you also have many famous faces who will own horses which are running at the meeting as well. The Royal Ascot Racing Club has plenty of well-known names involved, while former footballer Michael Owen owns a horse called Brown Panther, which could run in the Gold Cup again this year.
And, of course, if you’re going to go horse racing, then it’s always good to pick out a horse to cheer and have a bet on. You can download a sports betting app to give you details of the runners and riders, and any tips on which horse you should gamble on.
If the weather is glorious, as it often is, then a day at the races at Royal Ascot is an occasion which should not be missed.