Vibrant, celebratory and steeped in tradition, the third day of Royal Ascot is truly a day to see and be seen - a glorious occasion when high fashion and millinery masterpieces take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers locking horns in the historic Gold Cup.
The Gold Cup is the oldest and most prestigious race of the Royal Meeting. Staged over the marathon trip of two and a half miles, it is a stiff test of stamina renowned as the world’s premier contest for horses specialising over long distances.
The race has provided some of Royal Ascot’s greatest moments in history. The legendary stayer Yeats landed a remarkable fourth Gold Cup victory under Johnny Murtagh in 2009, while Her Majesty The Queen’s filly Estimate was a hugely popular renewal in 2013. Most recently, amidst jubilant scenes at Royal Ascot in 2019, Frankie Dettori guided Stradivarius to Gold Cup glory for the second consecutive year, the jockey completing a momentous Thursday four-timer in the process.
With thousands descending on Royal Ascot to witness this great race, the third day also sees exquisite fashion and the most spectacular millinery creations on display, boasting an unprecedented sense of style to match the prestige on the track.
Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne Enclosure is the epicentre of the action - a vibrant world of colour, stylish fashion and incredible millinery just a whisker away from the world’s finest horses. The day reaches its climax with the iconic Singing Around The Bandstand.
Located on the inside of the track facing Ascot’s iconic Grandstand, the Village Enclosure welcomes racegoers and guests for the last three days of the Royal Meeting and features the best of contemporary British summertime, with trackside views and a festival atmosphere with live music until 9pm.
The lure of prestige and glory attracts international challengers. Connections from sixteen countries have put their charges reputations on the line in recent years.
Like Nowhere Else since 1711
It was Queen Anne who discovered the land that was ‘ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch’. For 300 years since Ascot has written a story like nowhere else.
Singing Around the Bandstand
An unforgettable uplifting crescendo to the day as racegoers gather as a joyous choir led by the Royal Welsh Guards through a songbook of well-loved hits, past and present.
The Queen's Horses
Her Majesty The Queen is a dedicated racehorse owner who has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign. In 2013 she watched her filly Estimate triumph in the Gold Cup.
At 2pm sharp of each day The Royal Landaus, led by four Windsor Greys, approach along the famous Straight Mile. It’s a short but spectacular journey that since 1825 has signalled the start of the Royal Meeting.