There is something special about a day at the races and if there is any day to top all race days it has to be Royal Ascot, the centre piece of Ascot’s year! An event as famous for who is wearing what as the racing itself as the fast horses and fancy hats are elevated above other race days by a Royal association.
No day at the races is without a vast amount of preparation pre event, Royal Ascot is no exception to this. Number one on the ‘to do’ list and the question most often associated with the races… what should I wear!? Ascot is known for its display of flamboyant and exotic hats therefore, an Ascot outfit requires careful consideration.
For those looking for inspiration think HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and you’ve probably nailed the Ascot look perfectly. If ‘The Kate’ isn’t your preferred look you can’t go far wrong taking inspiration from any Royal family member, so how about following in the footsteps of Princess Beatrice, Zara Phillips or maybe even the Queen herself.
The knowledgeable Ascot team have kindly shared their tips on the perfect attire. However, if you enjoy being more daring with your fashion choices and feel a need to stand out amongst the near 30,000 spectators expected over the 5 days, we advise you take a look at ‘What Not to Wear to the Races’ . We don’t want you standing out for all the wrong reasons.
Once you’ve conquered the all important outfit conundrum you now need to think practically and plan your transport. Like something from a magical fairy-tale the Queen arrives each day in her horse drawn carriage. Located six miles from Windsor Castle, she doesn’t have far to travel. But, for those who don’t have a horse drawn carriage hiding out in the garage awaiting its grand reveal, it’s ok to travel via train, taxi or even on foot.
Finally, people have been betting on horse races since horses have been running. Betting on a race outcome can be fun and profitable if you know what you’re doing and can beat the odds. Although you may be baffled by racing jargon and the meaning behind number pairings once you start feeling like you’re deciphering the code you’ll enjoy your casual cheeky flutters throughout the day that, placed wisely, could resulting in exciting outcomes.
Royal Ascot attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers in the world. The sights, smells and sounds of the the race track are unrivalled. A musical score of hundreds of pounding hooves, betting slang, screams of joy and sighs of despair. So, whether you are a racing regular who owns their own prize winning black beauty or a newbie who is there for the experience Royal Ascot has it all with added status.
The world famous annual meet is an event to add to the ‘Bucket List’. Royal guests, fabulous fashion and prize-winning horses… what’s not to love about this adrenalin fuelled yet sophisticated event.