Royal Ascot is the world’s most famous race meeting. It is a feast for the eyes of all things beautiful and elaborate, a stage for fast horses and fancy hats. The Royal Ascot is held over 5 days in June from Tuesday to Saturday (the 20th to the 24th this year). Some of the most important highlights of the Ascot races include the Golden Jubilee Stakes (run on Saturday) and the Gold Cup (on Thursday). Prize money for the week totals to 6,580,000 pounds!
Every day at the Royal Ascot starts with a horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to the Ascot Race Course led by the royal carriage. Her Majesty The Queen, along with other members of the Royal Family, attend all 5 days of racing.
In a world of short hemlines and exposed midriffs, it can be challenging finding an outfit that meets the requirements of formal daywear. The Royal Enclosure, in particular, has stringent guidelines on how to dress. Hemlines have to be to the knee or longer, dress straps must be more than an inch wide and, of course, absolutely no midriffs. No off-the-shoulder either, and no strapless or halter neck dresses allowed.
Fascinators are not permitted – it’s hats all the way. Ladies, make sure your hat base coves at least 10cm of your head. Below are some of my favourite outfit ideas for the Ascot races this year. Want to see what I wore to Royal Ascot in the past? Make sure you check out my story on my afternoon tea with “The Queen”. You can also read up on my guide to the Royal Ascot.
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