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Royal Ascot 2019 – Which Day Should You Attend?

  • What's On -10-Jun-2019

Royal Ascot Schedule

Best Day for Socialising - Tuesday 18th June

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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Best Day for Relaxed Racing – Wednesday 19th June

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.

Best Day for Fashion – Thursday 20th June (Ladies Day)

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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Best Day for Betting – Friday 21st June

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.

Best Day for the Atmosphere - Saturday 22nd June

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.

Fine Dining

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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Accommodation

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.

Dress Code

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.

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