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Royal Ascot

The photos below were taken at Royal Ascot in 2003 and 2004. The event is held at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire (map; official website: This traditional sporting and social event dates back to 1711.

In 2011 this event takes place on Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 June. For details, see: Ideas/Events/June.

Ascot: The History
Author: Sir Peter O'Sullevan (Foreword), Sean Magee (Editor), Sally Aird (Editor)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
Date: June 2002

Reporting Royalty: Behind the Scenes with the BBC's Royal Correspondent
Author: Jennie Bond
Publisher: Headline
Date: May 2002

Arriving in style, by car ...

... or by coach and horses!

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive in the Royal Coach

Prince Charles sits opposite the Queen

There is a strict dress code in the Royal Enclosure

The Royal Standard flies, showing the Queen is here

Hats must be worn in the Royal Enclosure.
A traditional bowler for this man ...

... and something more colourful for
Jennie Bond (a well-known TV presenter)

A parasol to keep cool
as the sun shines

The Queen sometimes visits the paddock

Kieren Fallon mounts Malarkey

... and Frankie Dettori rides Sentry

Time for a flutter ...

... hoping your horse will come first ..

... and enter the winners enclosure

Horses canter up to the starting stalls

The grandstand is packed

The winning post

Faithful Warrior smiles ...

... attracting the attention of the ladies

While the men's attention is fixed ...

... on the racecourse action

Darryll Holland
(a "star" jockey)

Frankie Dettori celebrates
victory with a flying dismount!

Pat Eddery
(retired in 2003)

Lucky punters celebrate
their wins with champagne

This lady
is 5-1

Hold your hat:
the wind is blowing!

After the racing the band plays
traditional British songs ...

... the crowd sings along
and waves flags

(c) Nick Warner
The Queen and her cavalcade ...
(c) Nick Warner
... return to Windsor Castle

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Events in the UK in June: Ideas/Events/June
Horse-related sports in the UK: Life/Sport/Horse
Photos from the Derby: Ideas/Album/DerbyDay
Photos from Trooping the Colour: Ideas/Album/TroopingTheColour
Garter Day ceremony: Ideas/Album/GarterDay
State Opening of Parliament: Ideas/Album/StateOpeningOfParliament
Photos of the London harness horse parade: Ideas/Album/HarnessHorseParade

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