One of the most anticipated events in the British summer’s sporting and social calendar, the Royal Meeting is an unforgettable five days of spectacular heritage, unparalleled racing, high fashion, Fine Dining and pageantry – truly an occasion like nowhere else.
From the arrival of the Royal Procession as the clock strikes two, to the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand, it is an event which must be seen to be believed.
As Britain’s most valuable race meeting, Royal Ascot is revered across the globe and attracts many of racing’s finest horses to compete for more than £8m in prize money, with six world-class races on the card each afternoon.
Royal Ascot is of course equally synonymous with sartorial elegance, being awash with exquisite fashion and the most magnificent millinery creations, while an abundance of dining options makes it the perfect occasion for socialising.
While all five days offer their own distinct character, each is a whirlwind of excitement and colour, and shares the same glorious atmosphere and sense of occasion. Each is unmistakably Royal Ascot.
The epicentre of the action - a vibrant world of colour, stylish fashion and incredible millinery just a whisker away from the world’s finest horses. The day reaches its climax with the iconic Singing Around The Bandstand.
Located on the inside of the track facing Ascot’s iconic Grandstand, the Village Enclosure welcomes racegoers and guests for the last three days of the Royal Meeting and features the best of contemporary British summertime, with trackside views and a festival atmosphere with live music until 9pm.
Our Greencoats open the gates to the public, and the day begins. Enjoy breakfast and a coffee as the enclosures fill up.
Royal Procession 2pm
At 2pm sharp of each day The Royal Landaus, led by four Windsor Greys, approach along the famous Straight Mile. It’s a short but spectacular journey that since 1825 has signalled the start of the Royal Meeting.
First Race 2.30pm
After the Royal Procession passes through the Parade Ring, it's time for the horses and jockeys to take centre stage, with the first of six races taking place at 2.30pm.
Last Race 5.35pm
The final of six top quality Flat races gets underway at 5.35pm.
Singing Around the Bandstand 6pm
An unforgettable, uplifting crescendo to the day. Racegoers gather as a joyous choir led by the Royal Welsh Guards run through a songbook of well-loved hits, past and present.
The day closes 8pm/9pm
An unforgettable day at a place Like Nowhere Else draws to a close at 8pm in the Royal, Queen Anne and Windsor Enclosures, while on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the party in the Village Enclosure continues until 9pm.
Royal Ascot Style Guide In Association with Cunard
Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance. This is upheld by our dress code, which invites guests to contribute to an occasion heralded as a major fashion event in its own right.
View the 2019 Royal Ascot Style Guide, in Association with Cunard, for a guide and inspire you what to wear to the Royal Meeting. The 2020 Royal Ascot Style Guide will be released early next year.