From Tuesday 20th June to Saturday 24 June
The five-day Royal Ascot meeting is the jewel in the crown of the English Flat summer season, mixing top-class racing and high fashion in a glittering social occasion.
With a total of 15 Group races, including at least one Group 1 event on each day, and over £3.5 million in prize-money on offer, the standard of the horseracing is outstanding. For sheer quality over five days, it is unmatched anywhere in the world.The traditional highlight is the Gold Cup, run over two and a half miles on day three, but the modern emphasis on speed has given top billing to the St James’s Palace Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Coronation Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Royal Ascot is famous for much more than horseracing, of course. It is one of the highlights of the British social ‘season’, morning suits and top hats are obligatory for gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure while ladies must wear a hat.
The meeting is attended daily by members of the British Royal family, continuing a tradition stretching back to the early 1700s, when the racecourse was conceived by Queen Anne in 1711. The royal coach procession down the course before racing begins is one of the daily highlights.