On a Tuesday in June each year the clock strikes two and so begins the Royal Procession. The Royal Landaus, led by four Windsor Greys, approach along the famous Straight Mile. It’s a short but spectacular journey, and one that since 1825 has signalled the start of the Royal Meeting.
Amongst all the pomp and ceremony, the fashion and the colour, world class racing remains at the heart of Royal Ascot. Attracting the best horses, trainers and jockeys from across Europe and beyond, never is this truer on the opening day.
One of the most prestigious days of racing on any calendar is complemented by Royal Ascot’s unique sense of style, history and pageantry, and supported by some of the sporting world’s finest facilities and dining options.
No less than three Group One races, the pinnacle of flat racing, punctuate day one. Won in the past by some true giants of the sport from Britain and beyond, who will add their names to the list of legends in 2017?
The incomparable Frankel raced to glory twice on Royal Ascot’s opening day, in both the Queen Anne Stakes and the St James’ Palace Stakes, while, in 2016, the opening Queen Anne Stakes was won by America’s superstar mare, Tepin.
The world’s finest sprinters will also take their place on Day One, in the King’s Stand Stakes, showcasing their breathtaking speed and power to the world.
But a day out at Royal Ascot is about so much more than the racing. From the moment you pass through the entrance gates you will find an experience and atmosphere that lingers long in the memory.
For more than 300 years, people have attended the Royal Meeting to celebrate of the elegance of the British summer and its societal traditions. It truly is like nowhere else.