Royal Ascot is known for showcasing the prowess of the finest thoroughbred racehorses in the world, this glittering equestrian event is closely associated with the Royal Family.
Described as a 'whirlwind of excitement and colour', Royal Ascot is a 300 year old British institution and the unequivocal centrepiece of the sporting social calendar. Known for showcasing the prowess of the finest thoroughbred racehorses in the world, this glittering equestrian event is closely associated with the Royal Family, taking place at Ascot Racecourse which is situated a few miles from Windsor Castle.
Held in June every year, the Royal Meeting is undoubtedly the highlight of Ascot's famous racing roster, attracting many of the world's greatest horses to compete for substantial prize money. Taking place between Tuesday 16 and Saturday 20 June 2015, this is an event no race fan can afford to miss.
conic and glamorous in equal measure, Royal Ascot is a scintillating sporting event like no other, revered for its remarkable three century old history. In 1711, Queen Anne planted the seed of the world's most famous race day whilst riding near Windsor Castle. The monarch stumbled upon an open expanse of ground that looked "ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch" and Ascot as we know it was born. The inaugural event, known as Her Majesty's Plate, that took place later that year offered a 100 guinea prize to the winning horse, provided they were over 12 stone and the age of six.
Over 300 years later, this ravishing race still plays host to the Queen and her family every year, although the nature of the contest bares little resemblance to the maiden event. With prize money of '5 million up for grabs, the heats attract the most agile racehorses and skilled jockeys in the world. With 18 races spread out over five action packed days, there is a promise of endless excitement, as well as being celebrated as a stage for the latest fashions. Ladies Day is particularly iconic and known for prompting a sea of fascinators and top hats, but the crowning glory is undoubtedly the awarding of the Gold Cup. 。