The pinnacle of the British social calendar, Royal Ascot has been bringing together the best of style, sport and entertainment, since Queen Anne decided that Ascot Heath would be the most wonderful venue for Racing Horses back in 1711. Britain’s most valuable race meeting, Royal Ascot attracts many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.58milllion in prize money. Horses from as far as Australia and the USA, are drawn to the races for every age group, flat racing, from 5 furlongs to nearly three miles.
A fabulously British cocktail of high fashion, spectacular racing and glorious surrounds; situated next to the wooded countryside of Windsor Great Park, Ascot Racecourse provides the ultimate stage for the races. Gates open in the morning for guests to arrive, dine and socialize, before the opening of the races at 2pm. At 2pm each afternoon, the Royal Procession enters led by four Windsor Greys along the famous straight mile. Each day features 6 races, with prize money of at least one million pound per day..
The Top Hat remains a requirement for all Men attending Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure, and optional for those visitors to the Grandstand (Queen Anne Enclosure), or the Village Enclosure.
Only Black or Grey are permitted for the Royal Enclosure. Those wearing other colours (including Navy) will be refused entry, so do be sure to wear the correct attire. Black and Grey Wool and Furs, and a limited number of Vintage Silks are available to hire from www.dress-2-impress.com, where we operate the only collect and return on the day service at Royal Ascot. Hats need be pre-booked and are collected and returned from the Tennis Club on the opposite side of the High Street to the Grandstand - On the walk up from the Train Station if arriving by train.
The question many men ask when booking their hats is which is the most appropriate? Black or Grey? When the Grey was introduced, there used to be an Ascot suit too – a grey frock-coat suit, and the Grey was designed as the perfect match. Nowadays, though many opt for a black top hat with a grey suit while others favour a black suit and grey top hat. Many will mix and match further going for the coat in Black, and both the waistcoat and hat in grey. A lot of smaller men often select the grey hat as optically it appears smaller, thus more suited to their frame. So the answer to the question is either. It's really is personal preference, you will look dapper however you choose to mix and match the coat, waistcoat, trousers and hat. Just ensure you only wear Black or Grey.The Question of Colour