Amidst the unique whirlwind of excitement and colour that makes Royal Ascot so special, an exceptional card featuring the £1m Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the world’s greatest international sprints, ensures a fitting finale to an unforgettable week.
Falling on a Saturday, the atmosphere on the final day is unquestionably more relaxed, yet there is certainly no let-up when it comes to the quality of racing.
In 2019 the day unquestionably belonged to Blue Point, who famously became the first horse since Choisir in 2003 to win two races at Royal Ascot in the same year. Having stormed home to defeat Baattash in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, the brilliant five-year-old fought doggedly to overcome his rivals and claim the Group 1 sprint double in a sensational renewal of The Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
With a top supporting card including the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes, which attracts some of racing’s most elite older middle-distance horses, and The Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest race of the British Flat season, there is plenty to enthral racegoers and ensure that Royal Ascot comes to a glorious close.
Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne Enclosure is 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.
The lure of prestige and glory attracts international challengers. Connections from sixteen countries have put their charges reputations on the line in recent years.
Like Nowhere Else since 1711
It was Queen Anne who discovered the land that was ‘ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch’. For 300 years since Ascot has written a story like nowhere else.
Singing Around the Bandstand
An unforgettable uplifting crescendo to the day as racegoers gather as a joyous choir led by the Royal Welsh Guards through a songbook of well-loved hits, past and present.
The Queen's Horses
Her Majesty The Queen is a dedicated racehorse owner who has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign. In 2013 she watched her filly Estimate triumph in the Gold Cup.
The Royal Procession
At 2 pm 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.