The History of the Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is the biggest social festival in the summer. Established in 1711 by Princess Anne, the event is 300 years old and has maintained its reputation as the world’s most luxurious event. People are more accustomed to call it “Ladies’ Day” .   A large number of princes and nobles and ladies dressed up in this day, they must respect the “dress code”-formal hat.

The Royal Ascot Jockey is one of Britain’s top horse racing events.This event is a major event in the British social circle. What makes it even more famous, however, is the distinctive hat show at the Jockey Club Lady’s Festival. Many visitors came here to watch the opening ceremony of the Jockey Club.

It is reported that the event has a history of 200 years since 1807. Men who enter the royal stands wear straight dresses, and women come out wearing the most beautiful clothes and the most creative hats.

Both men and women are required to dress up on this day. Women have a strict dress and men have to wear black or gray gowns, including a small vest and a hat. We regard this as the best stage of “comparison”, especially ladies, who are competing to show their identities, skirts and hats.

As a high-end event, the Ascot Race has its own dress code, the core of which is formal. Men are required to wear day gowns, black or gray cloth and a top hat; ladies, women are required to fit in with a lady’s code, day dress, no shoulders, no overexposure, and, more importantly, a hat. Therefore, the people who come here, in addition to horses, but also see people, the ancient racecourse because of the arrival of women, “beautiful hats” into a real hat show.

But not every Royal Jockey Club is colorful and full of joy. The Royal Jockey in 1910 became a “black fight show”, because it came at the time of the death of King Edward VII of England as a sign of mourning and respect for the King. All those present were dressed in black. On the contrary, the racetrack did not appear too heavy because of black. On the contrary, the black dress of the aristocrats and celebrities made the public see the nobleness of black. It could be said that it was through this incident that black came to the stage of high fashion. And established a strong relationship with it, because the Royal Jockey Club, in addition to death and mourning, people thought of grace and height. This is the fashion code of the British aristocrats.

Since 2011, Ascot has staged British Champions Day, the climax to the British Champions Series, an event designed to increase the sport’s public profile and to rival Arc weekend and the Breeders’ Cup in terms of attracting the best horses. The first event was staged on 15 October 2011 and was generally regarded as a success, though overshadowed by controversy regarding new regulations on the use of the whip. Winners on British Champions Day have included Frankel, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2011, and in the final race of his unbeaten career, the Champion Stakes in 2012.

Women’s Hat and Historical Tradition

In the West of the last century, it was a necessity for a woman to wear a hat, especially when it was impolite for a woman to wear a hat in public. The hair must be tied up in a bun and then put on a hat, because hair is also a private part of the body and can only be exposed at home. The shawl can only be seen in the bedroom and not seen by others.

In the British upper-class society, wearing a hat is not only a requirement of etiquette, but also a symbol of status. British ladies use hats to express their novelty and fashion attitude. There are a wide variety of hats, some covered with light yarn, some with feathers, and only the size of the palms. Different styles, different styles are also very exquisite. Hats are required for a variety of events, including weddings, funerals, birthday parties, even operas, speeches, boat races.

Hats are the Symbols of Power

According to historical records, as early as ancient Rome and Greece, slaves had to wear broken straw hats to shade the sun. In the Middle Ages, hats had a clearer sense of hierarchy, such as gold crowns for kings and paper hats for prisoners. By the late 16th century, the hats of queens, princesses, ladies, and officials in the palace had been specially designed. The development of history makes the hat gradually become the symbol of power and status.

Queen Elizabeth II has a special interest in hats. She has worn countless hats for more than 60 years since she became king. The queen’s hat is not only a fashion accessory, but also a symbol of power. Royal biographer Robert Lance once said that the queen’s hat is, in a sense, a substitute for the crown, not just a decoration, but a form of majesty.

Language and Hat

Language is the carrier and part of culture, so many social customs in England are related to hats. Men show respect when they meet acquaintances in the street, a custom embodied in English language. For example, “hat in hand” means “very respectful” or “take one’s hat off to / someone”.

In Britain, hats are far more than sunscreen and warm. They are also accessories and are suitable for many ceremonial occasions. It is also a symbol of one’s occupation, international, religious belief and social status. As a result, the Royal Jockey Club’s historic racehorse event became a hat event for the British.