Royal Ascot in London, From Inside. Royal Ascot en Londres, Desde Adentro.

Inside the most exclusive event in London, for Chicas Guapas TV.

Coming from a culture where wearing hats is not a custom and most likely to be a rare occasion such as a costume party or summer carnival, when I knew I was going to the world renowned Royal Ascot horse races I was beyond excited.

Elegance and glamour has surrounded this equestrian event in England for more than 300 years (yup, that old), its worldwide followers and the attendees go to their favourite designers to pick the best hats, such as Stephen Jones or Philip Treacy, who have Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham and Lady Gaga among their clients.

Once I got my ticket, I started planning the outfit. Every single fashion brand or department store in London has a dedicated section for the occasion, some of them have private viewing of limited edition collections and offer personal shopping experience, so the whole process becomes easier. The event is divided in three enclosures: Royal Enclosure, Queen Ann Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure, each one having their own strict dress codes, including length of dress, diameter of hats and recommended width of shoulder straps, etc. At the end of the day, you really want to stick to the rules, otherwise you can get called out by the “style guard” patrolling the enclosures! (yes, there is a “style police” monitoring the dress code). What if I was lucky enough to bump into the Queen, the Duchess or any of the royal family members?… What If I was invited for tea? or got a ride in their carriage? Ok, ok, I just got carried away…

For all this reasons above, Royal Ascot has helped tremendously the fashion industry in England, but this 5 day event is more than a reference for style and “see and to be seen”.

As follows, some interesting facts about the races, some of the looks of the attendees and what I finally wore.

  • Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming approximately 300,000 visitors across the five days.
  • The most valuable race meeting in Britain, with £5.5 million in prize money.
  • 247 private boxes for VIP’s (sheiks, celebrities and monarchy).
  • Approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos descend on Royal Ascot every year.
  • Its consumed:

51,000 bottles of champagne

42,000 bottles of wine

5,000 kilos of salmon

2,900 lobsters

50,000 macaroons

  • There are 70 full-time staff, which increases by more than 6,000 temporary staff during Royal Ascot.

Did I finally meet the Queen? Keep scrolling to find out…


Dentro del evento mas exclusivo en Londres, para Chicas Guapas TV.

Habiendo crecido en una cultura donde usar un sombrero no es costumbre y es mas una ocasión especial tal como una fiesta de disfraz o carnaval, cuando supe que asistiría a las carreras de caballos de Royal Ascot de Londres estuve encantada.

Elegancia y el “glamour” han rodeado este encuentro ecuestre en Inglaterra por mas de 300 años (si, así de antiguo es), sus seguidores y asistentes alrededor del mundo recurren a sus diseñadores favoritos para lucir el mejor sombrero, como Stephen Jones o Philip Treacy, creadores de tocados que tiene a Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham o Lady Gaga entre sus clientes.

Una vez que obtuve mi ticket, comencé a planear mi outfit. Todas y cada una de las marcas o tiendas de departamentos en Londres tiene una sección especial para la ocasión, algunas de ellas tienen showrooms privados con las colecciones de edicion limitada y ofrecen servicio de personal shopping, para facilitar todo el proceso. El evento se divide en tres recintos: Royal Enclosure, Queen Ann Enclosure y Windsor Enclosure, cada uno contando con un estricto código de vestimenta, incluyendo largo del vestido, diametro mínimo de sombreros, ancho recomendado de los breteles, etc. Al final del día, quieres estar acorde a las reglas, de otra manera podrian llamarte la atención los “guardias de estilo” que patrullan el evento! (si, existe una “policia de estilo” que monitorea la vestimenta). Que pasaría si me cruzo a la Reina, o la Duquesa, o alguien de la familia real?… Y si me invitaran a tomar el té? o me llevaran a dar una vuelta en carruaje? Bueno, ok, me deje llevar un tanto…

Ascot es un referente que ha ayudado mucho a la industria de la moda en Inglaterra, pero este evento de 5 días de duración es más que estilos y “ver y ser visto”.

Debajo, un par de datos interesantes sobre el evento, fotos de estilos de algunos de los asistentes y lo que finalmente me puse.

  • El evento de carreras mas famoso de Inglaterra, recibe aproximadamente mas de 300,000 visitas a lo largo de 5 días.
  • La carrera que más dinero en premios ofrece en Inglaterra: £5.5 millones de Libras.
  • Aproximadamente 400 helicópteros y 1,000 limousines llegan a Royal Ascot cada año.
  • 247 boxes privados para VIP’s (entre jeques, celebridades y monarquía).
  • Se consumen:

51,000 botellas de champagne

42,000 botellas de vino

5,000 kilos de salmon

2,900 langostas

50,000 macarones

  • Hay 70 personas de staff full-time, la cual incrementa a más de 6,000 durante los días del evento.

Crees que finalmente conocí a la Reina? Mira debajo y sabrás…

 

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