Royal Ascot is the high­light of the British Rac­ing cal­en­dar and is an age old tra­di­tion that dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Royal Ascot rep­re­sents Our coun­try to the full with its ele­gance and sophis­ti­ca­tion. Over 300,000 peo­ple attend the race meet­ing over the five days includ­ing, of course, all five days by The Queen and other mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily. It is also great for celebrity spotting!

Prize money on offer for the week is 5 mil­lion pounds and with at least one Group one race every­day (16 group one’s in total) it must be the most excit­ing five days in the cal­en­dar. Ladies day is on the Thurs­day with the high­light race being the Ascot Gold Cup.

The fash­ion obvi­ously is a huge part of the week and is a delight to observe. Royal Ascot have tight­ened their rules (quite right too!) so please read them carefully!

Please note: We no longer offer a collection and drop-off service that we have done in the past where hats have been hired daily.  Hats hired for Royal Ascot can be hired by email in advance but must be picked up from my shop a few days before Royal Ascot. A postal service is available all year round. Hats must be returned no later than the Wednesday (28th in 2023) after Royal Ascot. Hats are hired to be worn for one day/hire only. All details can be seen on the Royal Ascot Hire Contract.

Please email through the contact page to organise an appointment to come and view hats. 

Click Here for the Royal Ascot Contract of Hire

Dress Code

For the official dress code for Royal Ascot, please follow this link.  The same code should be followed when attending The Investec Derby.

For major racing day events and festivals please follow this link.