For more than 300 years, the patronage of 12 monarchs has made Ascot truly special. We are delighted to recognise this by renaming our enclosures in honour of two of them, King Edward VII and Queen Anne.
From April, our Premier Admission will be known as the King Edward VII Enclosure. The eldest son and second child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert reigned for nine years between 1901 and his death in 1910. However his love of Horse Racing and especially Ascot was well-known long before he came to the throne.
In an exchange of letters with his mother during the build up to Royal Ascot in 1870, he refuted Queen Victoria’s request of him to;
“Confine your visits to the Races to two days” by replying with;
“I am always most anxious to meet your wishes, dear Mama, in every respect, and I always regret we are not quite d’accord – but as I am past twenty-eight and have some considerable knowledge of the world and society, you will, I am sure, at least I trust, allow me to use my discretion in matters of this kind”.
He attended all four days and many more thereafter.
The Queen Anne Enclosure will replace Grandstand Enclosure at Royal Ascot and our Grandstand Admission at our 21 other racedays. It was while riding out from Windsor Castle in 1711 that Queen Anne first saw the land at Ascot had potential for horseracing. Inspired by what she had discovered, the inaugural event – Her Majesty’s Plate – was held here, upon her request, that very same year.
At Royal Ascot, the Silver Ring will be renamed the Windsor Enclosure, as a nod to the racecourse’s location in within Windsor Forest.
The new enclosure names will be used for the first time at our opening 2016 flat meeting, theDiscover Ascot Free Racedayon Wednesday 27th April, where admission to the Queen Anne Enclosure will be free.
Following a successful trial at last years’King George VI Weekend, we will introduce a third enclosure – The Winning Post Enclosure - at QIPCO British Champions Dayin October as well as July’s King George VI Saturday.