All you need to know about this year’s meeting

The one event per year where the hats are as famous as the horses – that’s Royal Ascot. With a reputation that spreads further than just the UK, it’s Europe’s most prestigious horse racing meet. Read up on all the details here, from its inception in the 18th century all the way up to how the event is shaping up in the present era.

Royal Ascot Sandringham Stakes

The Sandringham Stakes

Also frequently called the Sandringham Handicap, the Sandringham Stakes is the final race on day two of Royal Ascot.

Ascot King Edward VII Stakes

The King Edward VII Stakes

The King Edward VII Stakes is run as the second race on Day Four of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting.

Royal Ascot Britannia Stakes leaders

The Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes traditionally takes place on the Thursday of Royal Ascot.

Top articles from the Royal Ascot

latest articles from the Royal Ascot

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes has long been one of the main highlights of Royal Ascot each year and, along with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, has by far the biggest prize purse.

The Windsor Castle Stakes

We are used to the pitter-patter of little feet in Windsor Castle being a hot topic, and when it comes to the Royal Ascot meeting, the same can be said for the Windsor Castle Stakes.

The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

The penultimate race on Day Four of Royal Ascot is the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes. This is an exciting chance to witness early outings of horses that could then go on to win big at Group level.

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The Royal Ascot: The King’s Stand Stakes

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Rumoured to have originated as a result of typical bad British weather and a half-drowned racecourse, the King’s Stand Stakes has become one of the most exciting events at the...
Royal Ascot Jersey Stakes horses

Royal Ascot: The Jersey Stakes

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At some point, everyone needs a second chance – including thoroughbred racehorses. The Jersey Stakes, held appropriately on the second day of the Royal Ascot meeting, presents the perfect opportunity...
Ascot Duke of Cambridge Stakes

The Royal Ascot: The Duke of Cambridge Stakes

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Named after the Wills portion of Kate and Wills, The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is a contest that features as part of Royal Ascot, staged around the namesake course. Key...
Royal Ascot Sandringham Stakes

The Royal Ascot: The Sandringham Stakes

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Also frequently called the Sandringham Handicap, the Sandringham Stakes is the final race on day two of Royal Ascot, wrapping things up before events kick off again the following afternoon....