Thursday is vibrant, celebratory and steeped in tradition being the home of the famed Gold Cup. As the showpiece event of Royal Ascot week, it is the world’s premier race for horses that are specialists over long distances.
Ascot’s oldest surviving race, the Gold Cup has provided some of the Royal Meeting’s greatest moments including Her Majesty The Queen’s filly Estimate, who, in 2013, was the first winning horse of the Gold Cup ever by a reigning monarch.
The third day also includes two impressive Group 2 and a Group 3 race, as well as the Britannia Stakes and the King George V Stakes.
With thousands turning out to see the coveted Gold Cup prize contested, fashion and glamour reach their zenith and designer creations and millinery masterpieces take centre stage. Without doubt, Day 3 boasts stylish elegance and rich history to match its prestige.
Queen Anne and Village Enclosure guests can upgrade to also access private bar terrace, The Deck; secure a private Gazebo in the Village for up to 16 guests or enjoy the club atmosphere and innovative bowl food in Villiers.
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 lure of prestige and glory attracts international challengers. Connections from sixteen countries have put their charges reputations on the line in recent years.
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.
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.
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