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Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot, the five-day summer race meeting at Ascot race course in Berkshire, is as famous for the size of the hats on Ladies’ Day as it is for the horse racing. This is the week when the royals themselves are out in force - each day’s racing is preceded by the royal procession when the Queen and other members of her family ride down the course in horse-drawn carriages. The royals have been linked with Ascot for almost 300 years. It all started with Queen Anne who ordered that a course be laid out in the natural clearing near the village of East Cote (now called Ascot). The first races were held in 1711 and the first four-day royal meeting kicked off in 1768. Today, Royal Ascot is Europe’s most popular race event and draws in crowds of more than 300,000. Currently closed, the course is undergoing a £185 million redevelopment and will reopen in time for Royal Ascot 20 to 24 June 2006.

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What could be more English, than a traditional flat racing meeting? From the glasses of chilled Pimms, to the elaborate hats, to the Royal parade itself - Ascot is an iconic sporting event in the English calendar. Royal Ascot is about enjoying the sport of kings, eating strawberries and sipping champagne. Ladies Day brings out the most fantastic fashions and is a showcase for hat designers everywhere. Surely Royal Ascot deserves a mention here?

Jane


Royal Ascot is everything negative about Englishness rolled into one. A non-sport dressed up in pomp and exclusivity.
Keith


The famous Royal Ascot horse racing event is one of the social highlights of the year and is renowned the world over as one of the great sporting events. Ladies Day of course is famous for the fashion and hats!
Alex Naughton


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