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What's On - 10-Jun-2019
Royal Ascot Dates: 18th June – 22nd June 2019
Royal Ascot is back for another year of glorious sunshine, edge of your seat racing, fine dining, vibrant fashion and all-round fun! Running from the 18th to the 22nd June, there's something to suit every racegoers' tastes. From the elegant excitement of Ladies Day to the more relaxed racing days, we've got you covered in our run down of the event.
Opening Tuesday is noted as being the absolute unmissable day in the Royal Ascot calendar. This is the day to attend if you're invested in the social aspect of Royal Ascot. You can expect three course a la carte lunches, gourmet picnics, Champagne afternoon tea and more! When it comes to races, you can expect three Group One races – the Queen Anne Stakes, the King's Stand Stakes, and the St James's Palace Stakes.
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Wednesday offers a more relaxed atmosphere in comparison to other days in the calendar. This doesn't mean to say the excitement on the track is any more relaxed... You'll witness three Group 2 races – the Queen Mary Stakes, the Queen's Vase and the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, in addition to the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes. One of the most important races also takes place on Wednesday – the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes – simply unforgettable.
Thursday is one of the most popular days at Royal Ascot. Not only for the racing line-up, but also it being Ladies Day. Naturally, this brings with it a stunning array of vibrant fascinators and hats adorned left, right and centre. Though the fashion takes centre stage on Ladies Day, the racing is just as significant. You can enjoy the oldest surviving race, the Gold Cup, as well as two Group 2 races, a Group 3, the Britannia Stakes and the King George V Stakes.
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With six top-class races including two Group 1, one Group 2, one Group 3 and two handicap races, it's the perfect day for placing your bets. You can expect plenty of exciting racing drama, great hospitality and lots of Champagne flowing moving forward into the weekend. Friday also plays host to the Commonwealth Cup, known for being one of the most significant races for young sprinters.
Being on the weekend, Saturday is naturally another one of the most popular days at Royal Ascot. If you're seeking a bustling, buzzing atmosphere, the Saturday event is the one for you. With the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes taking place, people will gather together for the one of the world's most prestigious races. Excitement guaranteed.
Whether you're looking for a relaxed lunch, luxurious afternoon tea or exclusive dining created by renowned chefs, the choice is never-ending. You can even pre-order a range of picnics for the event, from afternoon tea nibbles to exclusive Fortnum & Mason spreads – perfect if you don't want to wait a long time for food during peak times.
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If you haven't booked your accommodation yet, you may struggle to find a place to stay nearby – and if you do manage, the prices are likely to have been inflated. So, why not make a trip out of your Royal Ascot visit and stay in London? Grange Hotels offer a collection of boutique 4-star hotels located across central London, so you can relax and unwind after a long day at the races.
The Dress Code at Royal Ascot is always a talking point, and fashion is especially prominent on Ladies Day. For 2019, Royal Ascot state that _"monochrome dressing, statement bows and tailoring for women are some of the spring/summer fashion highlights"._Whilst for men, _"mixed textures and bold colours come to the forefront of formal wear"._Their office dress code can be found here.