Why is the Royal Ascot the most favoured horse racing meeting in the calendar?
Few sporting venues can equally match the rich heritage that goes with Ascot and its racecourse. It has established itself as a national institution with thanks to the royal heritage of Queen Ann in 1711. However fast forward into the centuries and into the new millennium, horse racing is now open to anyone and no longer an event just for the elite. Whether you are a regular attender of horse meeting or desire to experience the atmosphere and celebrations behind this unique sport, The Royal Ascot takes pride of place at the top of the flat course racing list and still retains its close connections to the royal family where the queen presents the gold cup.
The Royal Ascot takes place as the 1st of 11th race meeting fixtures which overall holds 23 racing days over the course of the Ascot racing calender.
Royal Ascot dates for your diary:
Tuesday 16th June : Royal Ascot
Wednesday 17th June : Royal Ascot
Thursday 18th June : Royal Ascot
Friday 19th June : Royal Ascot
Saturday 20th June : Royal Ascot
King George Weekend
Friday 25th July : King George Friday
Saturday 26th July : King George Day
Sunday 27th July : King George Family Sunday
Dressing in Style for Ascot with LADY Designer Wear Style Tips
Each fixture in the racing calender has its own unique identity to ensure a wide-ranging appeal. The Royal Ascot is in a league of its own and has strict guidelines in attendance of how one should dress to their race meetings. Here is Lady’s guide on how to get around the dress code but while still looking glam, stylish and practical so you can get the most out of your day.
Dress Codes for Royal Ascot Venues
Silver Ring Enclosure
- Sensible formal – Although no formal dress code applies, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.
Grand Stand Enclosure
- Ladies are encouraged to dress as for a formal occasion. A hat, headpiece or fascinator will be required to be worn at all times.
- Jackets and pashminas are optional and are good pieces when the British weather isn’t so kind.
- Dresses and tops must comply with the Ascot dress code, this means strapless or sheer straps style dresses including tops are not permitted.
- The dress should not reveal any usual parts of the body. Trousers can be worn and should be full length.
- Shorts are not permitted.
Ladies are kindly reminded that they should follow the royal enclosure daywear dress code. Dresses should be a modest length and be no shorter than the knee.
- Tops and dress straps should be a width of at least 2.5cm.
- Trousers and suit jackets can be worn, but must be matching in colour and material and trousers should be full length.
- Hats should be worn at all times. Hats and head pieces should have a base of 10cm .
- Fascinators are no longer allowed to wear in the Royal Enclosure. For more information visit Royal Ascot Style Guide
So what in this season? Lady has the perfect outfits to help you look the part at Ascot race meetings
Dressing for Silver Ring Enclosure
“This Genese Designer dress is a beautiful option for the silver ring enclosure. Its floral detail attracts the eye in the right direction elongating your body. The straps are wide enough to adhere to the Ascot dress code and has so much versatility enabling you to wear this dress for many occasions to come!”
Dressing for Grandstand Enclosure
“Our stylists pick for Ascot. This Gina Bacconi dress is a beautiful sheer blue dress and in the sale! Long and formal and has bags of sophistication. More dresses like this in our Frank Lyman range. Pair this off with complementary matching shoes and clutch bag in a beautiful satin silver tone.”
Dressing for Royal Enclosure
” Go with the royal blue trend and mark the occasion with this sleek and figure slimming dress which sits just below the knee. Ensuring your shoes and clutch bag match means everyone will see your fit for the the Royal Enclosure.”
Next Race Meeting: Ascot King George Weekend Friday 25th July 2014