This week sees one of the highlights of the Summer sporting calendar – Royal Ascot. Off the back of what has been a very busy 2 months for the Queen – a Royal Baby, a Royal Wedding and Trooping the Colour – she will be heading down the racecourse at Ascot in a procession of horses and carriages which is a timeless British tradition that dates back over 300 hundred years. Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and this meeting became officially known as Royal Ascot during the Edwardian period; a romantic golden age of long summer afternoons and garden parties.
The Queen has been present at Royal Ascot for the last 64 years and the last time she missed one of her favourite Summer events was in Coronation Year, 1953! We here at the Richmond Kettle Company think that was one clash of Royal dates that couldn’t be avoided. The Royal Family’s love of horses is so great that they have their own racehorses, trainers and jockeys. The Queen is the owner and breeder of many thoroughbred a number of which have won at Royal Ascot, the last time being Estimate’s Gold Cup victory in 2013.
This most popular of horse racing meetings is also full of fashion as designers of the latest Summer wear get high exposure as the great and the good parade around the grandstands and lawns showing off all kinds of beautiful dresses, hats and shoes. There will also be top hats, tails and, no doubt, plenty of afternoon tea on the Ascot lawns that are so exquisitely mown. The meeting lasts from Tuesday through to Saturday with members of the Royal Family in attendance throughout as well as those who love to wear Great British fashion.