‘Tis the season…for Royal Ascot
Ascot is a famous English racecourse, located in the small town of Ascot in Berkshire, used for thoroughbred horse racing. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle, and Royal Ascot is the most famous week in its racing calendar. And I was fortunate enough to be invited along!
I arrived into Ascot at 11:00 to meet my lovely hosts. I travelled to Ascot by train which was a bit painful, as the trains were packed with both men and woman wearing very large hats. Everyone looked fabulous and the weather was gorgeous; it was the perfect day to be attending Ascot.
On arrival into Ascot station I was met by my hosts who provided me with my tickets. We then took a short walk up the hill to Ascot racecourse. I was delighted to see that we had our own silk lawn in front of the race course. I was given a race book, which obviously meant nothing to me or to a few other clients who attended, so we decided to place bets based on the colour of the top the jockey was wearing and the name of the horse, as we didn’t have a clue which horses were good or bad. I placed my first bet on Sexy Legs and another bet on Snow Sky but unfortunately I was unsuccessful.
After the first race we decided to sit down for lunch. We were each provided with a substantial picnic box containing everything you could imagine that an English afternoon tea comprises, from strawberries and cream to scones, cakes and sandwiches, plus we were all given a bottle of Champagne. The Champagne and Pimms and lemonade were already available all day, so the generosity of our hosts was mind blowing.
After lunch we watched the Royal procession which was absolutely amazing, as I never thought I would get so close to the Queen, so this of course was the highlight of my day. We then spent the rest of the day relaxing in our private lawn enjoying the lovely sun and watching the races with a comfortable seat and a glass of champagne.