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Great British Drama of Royal Ascot 2014

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The Great British Drama
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An iconic British Summertime event, Royal Ascot returns from the 17th - 21st July for five days of exciting world class horse racing. To fit in with this year's 'Great British Drama' theme, there will be pageantry, high fashion, and fine dining.

Did you know that Royal Ascot has been attended by British Monarchs ever since it started in 1711? Our current Queen, Elizabeth II, has a particular affinity for the sport, and it is one of the few times she can be seen out in public with a smile spread across her face.

With a total prize giving in excess of 5.3 million, it is no surprise that it attracts some of the best jockeys and horses in the world. Royal Ascot is about a lot more than just racing though. Off the track it is a fashion parade of hats, shoes, and dresses.

Tickets range from 25-75, with all under 18s free of charge. There are t

The Royal Enclosure

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For members only, here you get an exclusive seat by the finishing line.

Grand Stand

The premier public enclosure that provides access to the Pre-Parade Ring, Winners' Enclosure, and Parade Ring, where the military band performs each day.

Silver Ring

General seating that provides an excellent view of the royal precession, and you will be the first to see the Queen ride by in her coach.

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Royal Ascot is a very formal event with strict dress code. Ladies must wear a hat or fascinator at all times; skirts and dresses should be knee length or longer; trouser suits are permitted. If in the Royal Enclosure, men should wear a waistcoat and tie (no cravat), with a black or grey top hat. For other areas, a suit and tie is acceptable.

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If you are in the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand, you can also book a Fine Dining Experience, or you can have a picnic in the Silver Ring.
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When: 17th - 21st June
Phone: 44 (0)844 346 3000
Where: Ascot Racecourse
Cost: 25-75
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