Perhaps there is no more famous horse racing track in the entire world than the Ascot in Berkshire, England. While you might get an argument on that claim from the people at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, no one will dispute that the panache and tradition of this fabled track is certainly the one with the longest and most renowned traditions.
This track is closely associated with the Royal Family and is only about 6 miles from Windsor Castle. The track was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has been sponsored and attended to by the Royal Family since its inception. Each year Royal Ascot Week draws a large crowd from around the world. While the event is focused on the races, the reality is that much of the attention is on the people as they arrive. Each famous personality invariably will secure Ascot coach hire to make their entrance. There is much commenting and discussion about who is attending as well as what they are wearing. There are strict dress codes enforced with ladies strongly encouraged to wear hats and the men should wear morning suits. Ascot coach hire will also be dressed for the occasion as these services find that Royal Ascot week is one of their busiest and most profitable of the year. As part of the festivities of Royal Ascot Week, the Royal Family makes appearances in a most regal way as they typically arrive with the Royal entourage in a carriage with horses. The track and viewing stand were renovated in 2006 and additional suite space was added shortly thereafter. While the run for the roses in the Kentucky Derby may be the most famous horserace in the world the Royal Ascot Week festivities are probably the most famous horse racing event in the world.