Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. Since then, a further eleven monarchs have leant their patronage to the Royal Meeting, held annually in the third week in June.
According to the Royal.gov.uk,The Royal Ascot is ‘steeped in tradition and pageantry and is interwoven into the very fabric of British culture’. Or British high culture, as 36% of Viewsbankers that voted in our recent poll, somewhat agree.
Earlier this week we asked 1000 people tillw47’s question; Do you think that events such as The Royal Ascot are 'Elitist'? She won £20 and you told us the following:
28% of voters think the Royal Ascot is Definitely elitist.
“The five-day meeting commences on a Tuesday and each day begins with the Royal Procession - the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus, which parade along the track in front of the race-goers.” (royal.gov.uk)
The event starts in the week. Most of us will be working then! And to be in the presence of the Queen brings an air of salubrity to the event but then 36% of Viewsbank members that voted thought it was only Somewhat Elitist.
13% of votes cast were neutral while 12% of opinions Somewhat Disagreed. This intrigued us as we thought maybe this percentage may have attended or known someone who has being as it's an open event for those that can afford to go.
11% of voters Completely Disagreed and think that the Royal Ascot is something for people in all walks of life. However, the official website, states ‘Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows: Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.’ (ascot.co.uk) And Men should wear black or grey morning dress, which must include a waistcoat, tie (no cravats) and a black or grey top hat.
Have you been? Do you think you’ll go one day? I’m not much of a gambling man but it I’d like to go for the experience alone!
Let me know what YOU think.