♔Royal Ascot- the Queen’s favourite event of the year!

Ascot Racecourse is located in Ascot in Berkshire, England, and is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom. Ascot enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family, being only six miles from Windsor Castle. Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making it Europe’s best-attended race meeting.

The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family. In fact, The Queen’s own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times.

The Queen wept tears of joy at Royal Ascot

20 June 2013: Her Majesty became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup in the 207-year history of the race.

Royal Ascot- History

The Ascot racecourse was built in 1711 on the orders of Queen Anne and since 1825, during the reign of King George IV Royal Ascot begins with the Royal Procession, where members of the Royal Family travel in Ascot Landaus from Windsor Castle to the racecourse.


The Royal procession 2018. Getty

Very little has changed since Queen Victoria described the spectacle of Royal Ascot on 12 June 1838:

“The carriages were landaus, each with 4 horses, the Postillions in their State Ascot jacket & caps.”

#RoyalAscot. Royal Collection Trust

George V & Queen Mary on their way to #RoyalAscot. RoyalCollectionTrust

What is the Ascot Landau Carriage?

The Ascot Landaus are the name of five open-topped carriages kept by the Royal Mews.


The Landaus are so-named because they’re used during the Queen’s procession at Royal Ascot every year.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the parade ring with Anne, Princess Royal

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the parade ring with Anne, Princess Royal

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex chose to travel in style in one of the Ascot Landau Carriage for their wedding procession.

Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor

This Ascot Landau coach was commissioned in 1830 by Prince Adolphs- The Duke of Cambridge, and presented as a gift to Queen Mary in 1920. It was recently used at Windsor Horse Show in 2016, for The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations.

queen-elizabeth1 90th birthday celebration in 2016.

Queen Elizabeth rides in an Ascot Landau for her 90th birthday celebration in 2016

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge travelled in the open-topped 1902 State Landau on their wedding day, as did Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew.


The 1902 State Landau carriage used for William & Catherine’s wedding 2011

Royal Ascot – The Tradition

The Queen first went to Ascot in 1945, wearing the uniform of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), and has attended every year since.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Royal Ascot  2018
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Royal Ascot 2018

Punters traditionally have a flutter on the colour of the Queen’s hat and this year (2018) she wore the bookie’s favourite, yellow.

Queen Elizabeth, looking ecstatic in yellow at her favourite event of the year.

Queen Elizabeth, looking ecstatic in yellow at her favourite event of the year. Getty Image

Royal Ascot 2018 in Pictures

Members of the royal family, including the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Anne, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the opening day of Royal Ascot 2018.

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“Additions to the official dress code in 2018 make socks a requirement for gentlemen,” the Royal Ascot style guide reads.

“Our dress code is traditional, woven into the very fabric of our history.”

On the website it is stated that the Ascot Racecourse can refuse entry to anyone who has not followed the dress code and is “dressed inappropriately”.


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