Even if you know next to nothing about horse racing, there are some a few events and races that you have almost certainly heard of. One of them is the world famous Royal Ascot race meeting held every year. This is a highlight of the sporting year and something well worth looking out for.
How long has this horse racing event been part of the annual calendar? The answer is that it has been around for an incredibly long time. In fact the Royal Ascot race meeting can be traced all the way back to 1711. In this year it was started up by Queen Anne and it has retained a strong Royal connection ever since then. The Royals who attend this attend usually arrive in a horse-drawn carriage, as part of a Royal procession to kick off the event. The 2015 event is scheduled to run from Tuesday the 16th of June through to Saturday the 20th of the same month.
How to Attend
It is possible to go to this horse event even if you aren’t a member of the monarchy. However, getting into the highly sought after Royal Enclosure is a tricky business. As the name suggests this is where the visiting Royals watch the action from. If you want to get in there you need to apply for membership and be supported by someone who has been going there for at least the last 4 years. During Royal Ascot week more than 300,000 visitors attend, making it one of the best attended horse racing events around.
The Dress Code
Of course, the dress code and the clothes worn at Royal Ascot are almost as famous as the races themselves. Women need to wear a day dress and hat. There are strict rules in place about the style and length of the dresses they can wear. They also need to avoid showing bare midriffs. As for the men, they need to turn up wearing black or grey morning dress with a top hat. For many people, a large part of the appeal of this event is the socialising aspect. It is also seen as a chance to show off new fashion trends and look good in front of a huge global audience.
While it may sometimes seem as though the dress code and the Royal presence are the most important things here, the races are equally exciting. There are 16 different races held over the 5 days. Perhaps the most famous of them all is the Gold Cup, which takes place on Ladies’ Day on the Thursday. Currently, it is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, with over £5.5 million in prize money up for grabs.
Following it from Home
You can also choose to follow the Royal Meeting at Ascot from home and bet if you prefer. This can be done on the TV or by following the action on a mobile device. This means that you can enjoy the action even if you don’t get a Royal invitation and don’t own any hats.