A Guide to the Royal Ascot 2016 – Plan your day

June 16, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts
In 1711, Queen Anne spotted a heath near Windsor Castle that she believed to be ideal for horse racing. Centuries later, this heath is home to the Royal Ascot. One of the world’s most prestigious horse racing meets, its rich royal history and traditional practices attract a high society crowd and the horse racing elite across the globe. Read our guide to the Royal Ascot 2016 to discover how to plan your day to perfection.

The Dress Code

Consideration must take place when planning your Royal Ascot attire. Breaking the dress code should be highly avoided. Ensure you savvy-up before you choose your outfit. On the day, you will find dress code assistants who are purposely there to help you adjust your attire to abide by the dress code for the Royal Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure. You are obliged to abide by these rules for the Windsor enclosure however the dress code is not compulsory.


Dresses and skirts should fall just above the knee or longer and bear straps of one inch or greater – no strapless numbers allowed.

Trouser suits should be full length and of a matching material and colour.

Hats are compulsory – if you opt for a headpiece, its base should be 4cm or more in diameter. Fascinators are not permitted.


Morning dress should be either black or grey and include a waistcoat, tie, top hat and black shoes,

The top hat may be removed when in a restaurant, private club or private box.

Top hats should not be customised with ribbons or bands, for example.

The Enclosures

King Edward VII Enclosure

Previously named the Premier Admission, the King Edward enclosure provides race goers to exclusive access of level 4 of the Grandstand, offering a birds eye view of the track and the Winning Post enclosure.

Queen Anne Enclosure

Formally known as the Grandstand enclosure, the Queen Anne enclosure boasts a front row spot of the track situated on the ground level of the Grandstand.

Winning Post Enclosure

With close access to the final seconds of each race, the winning post enclosure offers a private section on the viewing lawn next to the winning post on the west side of the Grandstand.

Royal Enclosure

The Royal enclosure boasts an exclusive area near the Winning Post and spectacular viewing points, plus the Royal Enclosure Gardens for relaxing and dining in style.

Queen Anne Enclosure

This is the most premium public experience Royal Ascot has to offer. The Queen Anne enclosure race goers are able to watch the Queen’s royal procession through the parade ring.

Windsor Enclosure

Next to the track’s home straight, the crowd’s roar from the Windsor enclosure can be heard around the racecourse. An enclosure with an excitable buzz, race goers can soak in the atmosphere.

The Restaurants

attends day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2013 in Ascot, England.

The Parade Ring

Beside the parade ring, this highly esteemed restaurants serves a five course lunch followed by afternoon tea. Each course is accompanied with a champagne from Royal Ascot’s offiicial Champagne partner, Bollinger.


Named after the landau carriages in royal procession, this luxurious restaurant is situated on the upper floor of a marquee offering incredible views of the home straight from its private balcony.

Royal Ascot Village

An authentic experience, the Royal Ascot village is located on the heath opposite the Grandstand. Guests are welcomed with a Pimm’s No.1 Reception followed by a four course lunch and a Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea.


The Festivities

To celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday, the Royal Ascot are honouring The Queen throughout the week in unique ways. The Gold Cup is being renamed ‘The Gold Cup in honour of the Queen’s Birthday’ and the weekly Royal Enclosure badges will be The Queen’s royal colours.

The Queen’s colours will also be reflected in the flowers planted across the race course, including the Royal Box Parade Ring Balcony.

An image of the Royal Ascot in 1926, the year of The Queen’s birth, will be displayed for race goers to observe.

Italian Leather Goods with Royal Ascot quality

Left: The Buroni Attache Case / Right: The Pianillo Jacket Wallet

For further information on planning your big day, visit the Royal Ascot website.

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