Royal Ascot: A world like nowhere else
Royal Ascot really is a unique occasion in the way Royalty, world class racing and fashion come together over five days of the British Summer.
Royal Ascot has been described recently by top jockey William Buick as the Olympics of horse racing such is the magnitude of the event, and this year promises not to disappoint.
The attendance last was 295,007 and expected to rise in 2017, and all the races will be shown on ITV 1 so you won’t miss any of the action.
Things not to be missed
There is plenty to see and do at Royal Ascot but these are not to be missed:
- National Anthem is around 1:00-1:15pm on Tuesday
- Royal procession happens when the clock strikes 2:00pm, it’s a short but spectacular journey that has happened since 1825
- There is Entertainment every day after the races:
- Communal singing at the bandstand led by the Royal Welsh Guards (6:00-7:00pm)
- Acoustic and jazz music in the Village Enclosure (11:00am-9:00pm)
- Live DJ (Tuesday and Wednesday) and live music (Thursday-Saturday)
- Make sure to check out the parade ring, winners enclosure and presentation ceremonies
What are the biggest races and when are they?
The following are the Group One races: (there are also 18 Group races in total over the five days)
- Queen Anne Stakes 2:30pm
- King Stand Stakes 3:40pm
- St James’s Palace Stakes 4:20pm
- Prince of Wales’s Stakes 4:20pm
- The Gold Cup 4:20pm
- Commonwealth Cup 3:40pm
- Coronation Stakes 4:20pm
- Diamond Jubilee Stakes 4:20pm
Fun facts and figures from Royal Ascot 2016
- 45,000 guests taking afternoon tea consumed 1,000 kilos of clotted cream, 45,000 Battenberg cakes, 40,000 dundee cakes and 7,000 punnets of berries
- If you stacked all the loaves of bread on top of each other that were eaten last year, it would higher than the BT Tower (190m)
- Across all bars and restaurants there was a record 160,000 rounds of drinks bought
- The rich and famous will be there, around 400 helicopters and 600 limos turn up every year
History and past champions
Royal Ascot dates back to 1711, and it remains the biggest and most valuable flat racing event in Britain to this day.
There has been many Royal winners throughout its history and the Queen is continuing the Royal family’s success, her majesty has 72 winners and has a real chance this year with Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Check out the best recent moments at Royal Ascot with the likes of Frankel winning the Queen Anne Stakes and a royal winner in the Gold Cup back in 2013 with Estimate.
Royal Ascot is a fashion event in itself with ladies and gents dressing to the nines for the occasion. Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance while keeping a traditional dress code.
Here is the full dress code for Royal Ascot 2017.
Celebrities will be attending
Here are a few celebrities that have been to Royal Ascot in the recent past from TV stars, sports stars, actors to music artists.
To find out more about Royal Ascot 2017 and why it’s a place like nowhere else.