At precisely 2pm, Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family arrive in a magnificent procession ahead of an afternoon of world-class racing, spearheaded by three impeccable Group 1 contests. The stage is set for an extraordinary five days.
Anticipation is high on the opening day of the Royal Meeting and for the racing purist, this is undeniably the most unmissable day of the whole week.
Tuesday’s card is literally overflowing with class. It features The Queen Anne Stakes - Royal Ascot’s traditional curtain raiser, in which the great Frankel delivered his most sensational performance in 2012, The King’s Stand Stakes - one of the world’s most prestigious sprints, and The St James’s Palace Stakes - which consistently attracts some of the best milers from the Classic generation.
This is also a perfect day for socialising, with a host of superb dining options to choose from. Whether your preference is a three-course à la carte luncheon, gourmet picnic, Champagne afternoon tea or Fine Dining in one of our many restaurants, you are guaranteed an exceptional experience on one of the finest day’s racing of the year.
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.
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 Royal Procession
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.