DATE & TIME
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Berkshire SL5 7JX
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.5 milllion in prize money. Eighteen of their Group races, eight of them in Group One, have made legends of the finest thoroughbreds. Black Caviar, Frankel, Yeats – all are Royal Ascot winners turned household names.
In 2013, The Queen watched her horse, Estimate, triumph in the Gold Cup. A dedicated racehorse owner, she has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every raceday.
Anticipated and revered, these five days are made for socialising. Long seen as a spectacle of fashion and style, they are referenced the world over. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.
The Royal Enclosure is widely regarded as the historic heart of Royal Ascot and perhaps the British Social season. Originally set aside for the running of the Gold Cup in 1807, it was a space exclusively reserved for the family, guests and Household of King George III.
With stunning views of the race as well as a host of Fine Dining restaurants, bars and entertainment – the Royal Enclosure remains one of the most unique venues in British sport.
As well as a number of restaurants and bars – the Royal Enclosure also has its own historic car park and dedicated floor in the Grandstand and area around the Parade Ring.
ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE
As part of this year’s Style Guide, Royal Ascot officially welcomes the jumpsuit as an acceptable item of clothing for the Royal Enclosure. Harking back to the introduction of the trouser suit in 1971, Ascot continues to recognise key trends in occasionwear for its fashionable customers.
Our dress code is traditional, woven into the very fabric of our history. It was Beau Brummell, perhaps Britain’s first fashion icon, who at the turn of the 19th century dictated the dress for men in the Royal Enclosure. His sense of style is still reflected in Royal Ascot fashions today.
Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:
- Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
- Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch (2.5cm) or greater.
- Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.
- Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour.
- Jumpsuits are welcome. They should be of full length to the ankle, with regulations matching that for dresses.
- Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
- Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
- Midriffs must be covered.
- Fascinators are not permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a solid base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches/10cm).
Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include:
- A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
- A black or grey top hat
- Black shoes
- A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.
The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
Top hats by Oliver Brown are available at 75 Lower Sloane Street, oliverbrown.org.uk.