Guest poster Charles continues sharing his preparations attend Ascot this year with an in-depth look at how to gain entrance to the Royal Enclosure and his tips for royal watching. Enjoy!
You may be wondering how does one obtain badges to the Royal Enclosure? There are a few ways:
Royal Enclosure members – one can be sponsored to become a member of the Royal Enclosure by having two current members who themselves have attended the event at least five years sponsor you.
One-day badge – a non-member can attend on a given day by purchasing a full day package, including a badge allowing access into the Royal Enclosure as well as luncheon, tea, and beverages. (Very expensive!)
Non-UK Citizens – guests from foreign countries can contact their country’s ambassador for forms to request a badge to the Royal Enclosure. A letter of reference, attesting to the good standing of the person who is requesting the forms, must be submitted to the ambassador and written by an upstanding member of the community, e.g., physician, attorney, minister.
Guest of Royal Enclosure member – on the Friday and Saturday of the meeting Royal Enclosure members are allowed to bring up to two guests, but the members must accompany the guests.
Will I meet the Queen or any other members of the Royal Family? The chances of meeting Her Majesty The Queen or any other senior members of the Royal Family are actually very low. The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, enter each day by carriage in the Royal Procession. The procession makes its way down the actual racecourse for approximately one mile before turning into the Grandstand and finally into the Parade Ring.
The procession usually consists of three or four carriages including various members of the Royal Family and guests invited personally by The Queen, who earlier dined at Windsor Castle before making their way to Ascot. There are many locations to view the Royal Procession and that is one’s best opportunity to actually see a member of the Royal Family.
At the end of the procession, the Queen and the others from the carriages, as well as other members of the Royal Family who did not travel via carriage, gather in the Parade Ring and then make their way on to the Royal Box to view the racing. Occasionally, the Queen does make a visit to the Pre-Parade Ring where she takes a close look at horses she is personally interested in, often horses she personally owns and will be running in one of the day’s races.
Thanks, Charles! For some reason, I imagined the Parade Ring to be larger than it actually is. In his next post, Charles will share about men’s fashion at Ascot. Stay tuned!