Published on June 22nd, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
Ladies Day at Royal Ascot takes place today. One of the highlights of the social calendar, a sell-out crowd is expected and it will be a delight for all the fashionistas.
Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. She rode out from Windsor Castle and decided that this area of East Code was ideal for her horses to run at full stretch. Following on from this, the first Royal Meeting was held in 1768.
Today, Royal Ascot is the country’s most popular race meeting. Over £6.5 million in prize money is at stake and over 275,000 visitors will be welcomed over the five days of the event.
The Queen and other members of the Royal family will also be in attendance.
Dress Code for Ladies Day
Royal Ascot is renowned for its strict dress code. It was only in 1971 that women were permitted to wear trousers. This year jumpsuits are allowed, even in the Royal Enclosure.
With most of the country being basked in glorious sunshine this week and temperatures over 30 degrees, some of the dress code rules have been relaxed. Men for the first time do not have to wear jackets in the Royal Enclosure.
However, one rule remains in place, hats should be worn and headpieces must have a solid base of at least 4 inches.
Celebrating Racehorse Legends at the Post Office Shop
Horse racing fans will love the Racehorse Legends special stamps available as part of the wide selection of Collectibles at the Post Office Shop. All eight special stamps feature in the stunning Racehorse Legends Presentation Pack shown above.
The eight horses remembered in this special stamp set were selected in collaboration with experts from Great British Racing and the Racing Post. They show the equine heroes in the races that made them legends of the racetrack. Each special stamp image has been taken from specially commissioned paintings by renowned equestrian artist Michael Heslop.
- Frankel: A flat-racing legend unbeaten in his 14-race career. Incidentally at this year’s Royal Ascot in the Goffs London Sale, a mare in foal to Frankel was one of the star lots in this curtain raiser to Royal Ascot.
- Red Rum: A National Hunt legend and the only horse to have won the Grand National three times.
- Shergar: A flat-racing legend who was the 1978 European Horse of the Year. He rode in the Epsom Derby in 1981 and had the longest winning margin in the race’s history.
- Kauto Star: A National Hunt legend whose huge 36-length victory enabled him to replace Desert Orchid as the top-rated steeplechaser.
- Desert Orchid: A National Hunt legend whose greatest race was in 1989 at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- Brigadier Gerard: A flat-racing legend who won 17 of his 18 races. He was the British Horse of the Year back in 1972.
- Arkle: He won 27 of his 35 starts and was voted number one favourite horse by the readers of Racing Post. His greatest race was back in 1964 at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- Estimate: The first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup at Ascot in 2013.
Did You Know?
Approximately 35,000 asparagus spears and 3,000 lobsters will be consumed over the five days at Royal Ascot.