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The Queen Could Miss Royal Ascot Due to coronavirus

Royal Ascot is considered to be the piece de resistance of the British Social Season. Thousands flock to Ascot racecourse each June to indulge in the glamour and thrill of the flat racing season. The real jewel in the crown for many is the chance to see The Queen during the royal procession. However, as coronavirus fears continue to grow, there is a chance that The Queen could be absent from this year’s royal meeting and even concerns as to whether Royal Ascot will go ahead at all.

It has recently been announced that this year’s Grand National will not take place next month due to coronavirus, leaving many to wonder if other horse racing events of the summer may also be at risk. Boris Johnson initially declared that there was no need to cancel large social events in the UK but as coronavirus cases continue to rise, we are seeing more and more event cancellations and advice to ban all non-essential contact. Although it is too early to say how Royal Ascot will be affected by coronavirus, let’s look at what Ascot themselves have to say on the situation.

Ascot’s statement on Coronavirus

As it stands, Ascot have not made a definitive comment on the fate of Royal Ascot. They recently released a statement on their website outlining how they are remaining in close communication with the Government about the impact of coronavirus but cannot currently state how the situation will affect summer race days. They have asked for patience and stated that they are currently considering all the options available. Once they are in a position to reveal more, they will update their website.

How many people visit Royal Ascot?

Around 300,000 people visit Royal Ascot each year over the course of five days. It is one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing events but given the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, being amongst sizeable crowds such as this could prove problematic. The fears come after the BHA announced that British horse racing will be suspended until the end of April.

The Queen and Royal Ascot

It has been announced that the Queen has cancelled royal visits over the coming weeks due to coronavirus fears. However, a palace spokesperson has confirmed that this currently only affects forthcoming visits and other events, such as Royal Ascot, will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The coronavirus outbreak has also impacted further royal engagements, particularly Princess Beatrice’s wedding which was due to take place on 29th May. The Queen’s annual garden parties at Buckingham Palace will also potentially be affected by the outbreak.

The Queen is approaching 94 years of age so would be at great risk to coronavirus, hence why this is a decision not to be taken lightly. Throughout the five day meeting, The Queen is also accompanied by other members of the Royal family such as Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne.

Every year, racegoers look forward to seeing the Queen’s Royal Ascot outfits. Last year a particular favourite for many was a lime green number which she wore on day five of the event. Royal Ascot is just as much about the fashion and it is for the horse racing. No doubt, race goers will be saddened not to witness this year’s royal fashions, should this be the case.

The Queen has never missed Royal Ascot in the entirety of her 68 year reign. Royal Ascot is said to be one of the Queen’s favourite events so no doubt she will be greatly disappointed to miss the the royal meeting. The Queen is an avid horse racing enthusiastic so undoubtedly Ascot will explore every option possible. 

How to stay updated about Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot and British horse racing in general is a hot topic in the news currently. Ascot themselves are frequently updating their own website with statements, as further information from the government and the relevant authorities is released regarding coronavirus. Keep your eye out for updates and, above all, stay safe!

Royal Ascot Dress Code

Royal Ascot Dress Code 2020 And Style Evolution

It’s that time of year where Ascot release their Royal Ascot dress code amendments and release their annual style guide. Royal Ascot is often considered to be the highlight of the British social season and is the ultimate chance for racegoers to showcase their elegance and style. We all know how strict the Royal Ascot dress code rules can be but year upon year we see changes outlined their style guide. Here we look at the most recent dress code changes for 2020 and how style guidelines have evolved over the years.

2020 Royal Ascot Dress Code Changes

Gentlemen Dress Code

It’s usually the case that ladies have more options when it comes to fashion. In the name of equality, this year, the most significant dress code change for Royal Ascot 2020 concerns the gentlemen. Previously it was strictly only black and grey morning suits which men could adorn within the Royal Enclosure. However, the updated style guide states that navy suits are now acceptable. This is a big step for gentlemen as it is the first time that coloured suits have been permitted within the dress code for the Royal Enclosure.

As if that wasn’t enough, the style guide now also states that ‘playful’ ties are now also included in the dress code for 2020. The most recent style guide also states that block colours and textures are the key trend this season, so best to use this as a guideline when choosing the perfect tie. Remember that the keyword here is ‘playful’ and not ‘novelty’. It goes without saying that racegoers still need to ensure that they look impeccable and not interpret the new dress code rules as a chance to become overly relaxed or informal.

Ladies Dress Code

There doesn’t appear to be any changes for the ladies this year, just the usual dress code rules which we’ve come to embrace. Looking at the style guide images, it seems that bold pastel colours are on trend for the ladies this year, teamed with equally bold but contrasting coloured headpieces.

Royal Ascot Dress Code Changes Through The years

Since Royal Ascot was first established in 1711, the style rules have continued to adapt and evolve with the times. Perhaps the most significant changes within the Royal Ascot dress code both, unsurprisingly, were in relation to the ladies. 1971 saw the inclusion of trousers suits, which was a big step for the dress code considering that it was strictly just dresses for 60 years. This was the biggest change which proved that Ascot were open to reviewing style guidelines in a bid to reflect changes in society.

The second biggest Royal Ascot dress code change for ladies was the introduction of jumpsuits in 2017. The new addition was a shocking but much welcomed introduction to Royal Ascot with many ladies choosing to opt for striking, luxe jumpsuits in recent years.

For the gentlemen, it was Beau Brummell who set the precedent for the male Royal Ascot dress code back in 1807. He declared for waisted black coats, white cravats and pantaloons to be adorned by all gentlemen. There has not been much evolution in the dress code style for men at Royal Ascot, other than cravats are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

It always pays to stay alert when it comes to Royal Ascot dress code due to their commitment to move with the times when it comes to fashion. Use the event as an opportunity to dress up and show off your true elegance in a sleek yet creative way on the racecourse.

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