In our Off to the Races series we’ll round up some tales from Ascot history alongside a few style tips.
No.1: And They’re Off!
Back in 1711, whilst on a carriage ride through the woods near Windsor, Queen Anne spotted a clearing – a clearing, she believed, that would make a perfect spot for horse racing.
Ascot was born.
The Queen was a keen follower of equestrian sports, although not a noted horsewoman. This last must have come as a great relief to the nags of 18th Century England, given that Her Maj was – ‘ow you say? – a rather big boned lass. Ahem.
The Queen Anne Stakes, one of Ascot’s most prestigious races, is named in the founding monarch’s honour.
Hornets in Kensington Church Street is open every weekday night this week until 8:00p.m