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Royal ascot

Royal Ascot is the centrepiece of Ascot’s year, dating back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne.

Queen Elizabeth II attends every year, along with other members of the British Royal Family.

They arrive each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard.

Royal Ascot is one of the largest social events of the year and press coverage of who’s who and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the racing itself.

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, often you will see the Queen and Royal Family members visiting.
Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years.

There is a strict dress code for the Royal Enclosure; for men, a morning suit must be worn with a top hat.

Here is our definitive guide:

A black or grey matt morning coat, single-breasted with peaked lapels, curved front edges sloping back into tails worn with grey or grey and black striped trousers.

Waistcoats are usually dove grey, buff, yellow or duck-egg blue and either double or single-breasted.

Double-breasted waistcoats must be worn fully buttoned whereas the single-breasted should be worn with the bottom button left undone.

A white or light-coloured shirt with a white turned-down collar, double-cuffs and cufflinks should be accompanied by a conventional neck-tie, cravats or bow-ties are not permitted.

A black or grey top hat must be worn whilst in the Royal Enclosure and may be removed whilst in restaurants and private boxes.
Black lace up shoes should be worn; either an oxford or a brogue, with black socks.