Ever since we moved to London I have been wanting to go to Royal Ascot. This year I finally had the opportunity to attend. I went with three good friends and we had such a great time! We started the day with brunch at Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall and then hopped on a train at Waterloo Station to make the 50 minute journey to Ascot. The train was packed with race-goers all very excited to get to the track.
When we arrived at Ascot station we followed the crowds making their way to the track. After a bit of a ticket dilemma (read: I somehow lost my tickets en route) we entered the gates to Royal Ascot. The scene was so overwhelming I didn’t know where to look first. The track facilities themselves are quite nice, but what had my attention jumping all over the place were the all the amazing hats and outfits of the race-goers. People put a lot of attention and detail into the outfits they wear to Ascot. Our little foursome was pretty conservative when it came to our outfits (as seen below), but I’d say we were the exception, not the rule.
Before the races started we got a little glimpse of the Queen and her Guards.
There were so many great outfits to chose from, I probably took about 100 photos of hats alone! Below I’ve picked out a few of my favorites.
Mid-way through the races we had a nice little afternoon tea that we had pre-ordered. I’m not sure why it was called afternoon tea because there was no tea to be had, only champagne.
We were very lucky to have such beautiful weather the day we went.
Three of us pooled our resources and placed a few bets on several of the races. I get overly excited if I win anything no matter how small, but we actually walked away with about £100 in winnings. Not bad.
After the races were over everybody moved out to the parade ring for a group sing-along.
The atmosphere for the day was very festive and happy. Everyone seemed to be having such a good time, enjoying the races and the beautiful weather. Even though it was a really long day the actual races seemed to go by so quickly. I wasn’t ready for it to end.
I have now been to four of the six “English” sporting events that I have on my list. Rugby, football, Henley Royal Regatta and Royal Ascot horse races. Next up: cricket and polo!