Ladies Day is the biggest day in the racing calendar and brings with it all the glitz and glamour as those attending don their best outfits.
Ascot Racecourse is steeped in Royal history, first founded by Queen Anne in 1711, with the first race in her honour held on August 11, 1711.
This year’s Royal Ascot began Tuesday, June 19, with races every day until Saturday, June 23.
Each day the Royal Family arrive in horse-drawn carriages, beginning the races on all five days with a Royal procession.
Meghan Markle made her debut at the races on Tuesday, her first Royal Ascot as a member of the Royal Family.
Thursday, June 21
8.30am update: The origins of the Gold Cup
The Gold Cup began when the Royal Ascot was first formed. It is Ascot’s oldest traditional race.
Winners of the Gold Cup are given a golden trophy to keep.
The race takes place today at 4.20pm.
8.10am update: Here is the schedule for all of today’s races
The gates open for those attending at 10.30am.
- 2.30pm: Norfolk Stakes
- 3.05pm: Hampton Court Stakes
- 3.40pm: Ribblesdale Stakes
- 4.20pm: Gold Cup
- 5pm: Britannia Stakes
- 5.35pm: King George V Stakes