Royal Ascot is a five-day horse-racing event held at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire every June. The meeting was founded by Queen Anne (who opened the racecourse) in 1711 and is still attended each year by members of the royal family, usually including Her Majesty the Queen. The royal family and their invitation-only guests occupy the Royal Enclosure; the remaining two enclosures are for other race-goers.
Over 300,000 visitors attend Royal Ascot – it is the best-attended race meetings in Europe. A particular highlight is the Royal Procession which marks the beginning of each day of racing. The Thursday of the week is always Ladies’ Day, on which the Gold Cup race is held and the fashionable hats worn by the lady guests are the focus of much attention.