With the Ascot racecourse located approximately 6 miles away from the Queens home at Windsor Castle. It’s no surprise that the monarchy is closely associated with the Ascot racecourse, especially with the Queens personal interest in breeding horses. The Ascot racecourse was originally founded by the reigning monarchs ancestor Queen Anne in 1711, who presented a 100 guineas purse and plate to the winning horse and rider.
Royal Ascot Gold Cup
Originally introduced in 1807 by King George III and Queen Charlotte, the ‘Gold Cup’ race usually takes place on ‘Ladies Day’ that traditionally falls on Thursday at the Royal Ascot Meeting. The Royal Ascot Gold Cup is best suited for horses that can race over long distances. With Lester Piggott, one of the sports greatest jockeys, still holding the record with 11 wins on various horses including the legendary Sagaro.
Royal Ascot History
In recent times with the increasing popularity of horse racing across the UK, Royal Ascot currently host 13 of the total 36 group 1 horse races. It’s hard to believe that before 1965 the only event that took place annually was the 4 day Royal Meeting at the racecourse. During 2004-2005 the prestigious Ascot Racecourse was closed whilst a new £185 million Grandstand was constructed. With funding by the Allied Irish Bank that left many Royal Ascot racegoers very disappointed. With over 300,000 horse racing spectators attending the annual Royal Ascot meeting, it’s become a major event on the British sporting social calendar.
Royal Ascot Enclosure
The Royal Ascot enclosure attended by the Queen and royal family members is the most prestigious and exclusive area to watch the horse racing. However, gaining access to the Royal Enclosure is incredibly difficult and mainly by invitation only. Attendees who are lucky enough to be granted access to the Royal Enclosure must also adhere to strict traditional formal dress codes. That stipulate ladies must wear a hat, whilst gentlemen require a black or grey morning suit and top hat. If you are unfortunately unable to gain access to the Royal Enclosure the lawn terraces of the Queen Anne Enclosure are great for absorbing the atmosphere and watching the races. We can also recommend the Windsor Enclosure, providing you with excellent viewing to watch the Royal Procession arrive. Also if you have the budget the Royal Ascot Loges located in the main Grandstand provide 1st class views of the racing action, with the parade ring and winners enclosure in close proximity.
The Royal Procession
If you are planning to attend Royal Ascot don’t miss the Royal Procession it’s a truly magnificent showpiece. Originally introduced in 1825 by King George IV the marvellous occasion involves the Royal Family arriving in horse-drawn carriages and is a glorious tribute to a long-standing tradition.