When it comes to the pomp and the pageantry of a day at the races, few do it better than the British. From the esteemed Grand National, one of the world's oldest steeplechases, to the splendour of the Cheltenham Festival, taking in 'the sport of kings' whilst in the United Kingdom is a must if you're a fan of this most noble of sports.
Though the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival are indeed worthy attractions to those that love all things horse racing, perhaps even they can't compare to the fanfare and grandeur of the Royal Ascot.
Founded on the famous furlongs of Ascot Racecourse, the origins of the 'Royal' part of the name remain shrouded in mystery. It may date back over 300 years, when Queen Anne first attended a meeting at the racecourse in 1711, but it first became ingrained in the public's conscious with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807.
And that's a hat trick!
As any racing fan will tell you, the Gold Cup is one of the most coveted of prizes in equestrian sport, and is the showpiece of the third day at the Royal Ascot. To this end, the third day of the Royal Ascot has long been referred to as 'Ladies' Day' and is one in which the grandstands swell a little fuller and a few more press photographers can be witnessed looking for the perfect shot.
Ladies Day provides many of the pictures that circle around the world during the Royal Ascot, and it's easy to see why. The vast array of exotic hats sported by the women that attend are nothing short of spectacular, with each looking to push the proverbial boat out a little further with their headwear of choice.
It's not uncommon to see arrangements replete with butterflies, enormous ice cream cones or even stuffed birds sitting atop a branch, as the ladies mingle with the men who stick to the resplendent top hat and tails. Therefore, if you're looking to attend the Royal Ascot 2015 with Motive Travel, be sure to pack your Sunday best, in addition to as much imagination as you can fit in your luggage!
An event fit for a Queen
When Ascot Racecourse was first opened by Queen Anne herself all those years ago, little would she have known how the event would become synonymous not only as the pinnacle of horse racing, but with the Royal Family also. In the years since Queen Anne's reign, 11 more monarchs have attended the races on a regular basis, not least the current one – Queen Elizabeth II hasn't missed a single one since she ascended the throne in 1952.
Taking in the splendour of the Royal Procession is something that anyone who travels to Royal Ascot in 2015 should experience. Each day, the Procession marks the arrival of the Queen and the rest of the Royal party in a horse-drawn landaus, which is then driven past the waving crowds of race-goers.
Travel to the Royal Ascot with Motive Travel
If you're looking to travel to the Royal Ascot in 2015, why not do so with Motive Travel? We've put together an unprecedented package for horseracing lovers across Australia, that takes in the very best of the resplendent event itself. Not only will you soak up the atmosphere of the Royal Ascot itself, you'll also be invited to partake in a tour of the National Stud, located in the heart of the revered racing town of Newmarket, as well as other stud farms that have bred their share of winners in years past.
Take a look at our 2015 Royal Ascot Tour package today, and get your thinking cap on to create a hat that will steal the show!