The Hornet 5: Royal Ascot

Five things you need to know about the history of England’s greatest and most glamorous race meeting.

1. The Royal Ascot race meeting is 299 years old this year – it was founded by Queen Anne in 1711.

2. Upon the death of Queen Anne three reigns elapsed before royalty attended Ascot once more when George III and the Prince of Wales graced the race meeting in 1789.

3. In the 19th Century the Gold Cup was replaced by the Emperor’s Plate, a prize put up by Tsar Nicholas I on a state visit in 1844. The Crimean war saw an end to this brief tradition.

4. The tradition of the royal procession before the meeting was introduced by King George IV in 1828.

5. Princess Victoria made her first Ascot visit from Kensington Palace in 1834.