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Royal Ascot Collection

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711 Royal Ascot is a major event on the British social calendar.  Held over 5 days in June, the annual race meeting held at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, England, remains a heady mix of pomp, tradition, fashion, class distinction and, of course, sport.

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Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse
13th June 1927: A workman stands on a roof to paint the finishing post at Royal Ascot race course. (Photo by Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Racegoers In Field

Racegoers In Field
Racegoers walking through a field on their way from the railway station to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Racegoers

Ascot Racegoers
16th June 1925: A group of spectators at Ascort racecourse. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Racing Girls

Racing Girls
Mrs Norman Holden and Miss Wanda wearing elegant floral dresses with wide-brimmed straw hats at the Royal Ascot horse-racing course near Windsor in Berkshire, June 1928

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Fashions

Ascot Fashions
June 1925: Fashionable guests at Ascot. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Off To The Races

Off To The Races
Crowds preparing to attend the Ascot races board trains at Waterloo station

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Spectators

Ascot Spectators
1928: An elderly gentleman escorting two young women through the littered grouds of Ascot racecourse, Berkshire. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Racegoers

Ascot Racegoers
June 1927: A couple of Ascot racegoers all dressed up for the occasion are under the critical eye of the crowd and a bored policeman. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Fur Jackets

Ascot Fur Jackets
Mrs. Meade (left) and Mrs McClure wearing identical fur jackets, waiting for a train to Ascot. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Dress

Ascot Dress
June 1926: A fashion model wearing a dress designed for Ascot by English couturier and court dressmaker, Norman Hartnell. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Fashions

Ascot Fashions
4th May 1928: Models wearing fashions designed for Ascot. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Dress

Ascot Dress
Ascot dress with matching cape. A straw hat has a cloche shaped crown with a halo brim. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Thormanby, British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, Ascot cup winner, 1861

Thormanby, British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, Ascot cup winner, 1861
Vintage illustration of Thormanby, British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, Ascot cup winner, 1861, 19th Century

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot horse racing trophies, Queens gold vase, Royal Hunt Cup, Ascot Cup

Ascot horse racing trophies, Queens gold vase, Royal Hunt Cup, Ascot Cup
Vintage illustration of Ascot horse racing trophies, Queens gold vase, Royal Hunt Cup, Ascot Cup, 1861, 19th Century

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Fashion

Ascot Fashion
Lady racegoers at Ascot races on the first day. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Cars

Ascot Cars
17th June 1910: Racegoers cars lined up at Ascot races. (Photo by Alfred Hind Robinson/A H Robinson/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Crowds

Ascot Crowds
circa 1930: Race-goers at Ascot. Some stand on their cars to get a better view. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Racegoers At Ascot

Racegoers At Ascot
15th June 1925: A couple of racegoers at Ascot, the woman in a fashionable dress with a parasol and the man in a morning suit. (Photo by Davis Jr/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Crowd

Ascot Crowd
15th June 1926: A line of bookmakers and part of the huge crowd at Ascot racecourse. (Photo by Edward G. Malindine/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Crowds

Ascot Crowds
15th June 1926: A huge crowd attends the first day of racing at Ascot. (Photo by E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Fashion

Ascot Fashion
4th May 1928: Outfits to be seen in for the racing season, exhibited by Louonda. (Photo by E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: En Route To Ascot

En Route To Ascot
Coaches make their way down the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, on their way to Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, 1846. Entitled The Road to the Races. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Tote Machines

Tote Machines
1929: Inside the tote room at Ascot race course showing the tote machines. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Sunday

Ascot Sunday
circa 1923: The photograph shows holiday makers boating down the Thames at Boulters Lock, on Ascot Sunday. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Fashion

Ascot Fashion
June 1927: A woman wearing a contrasting outfit of striking black and white walks past another Ascot visitor who has a more traditional floral dress. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Plane Crash

Plane Crash
A crowd gathered around the wreckage of Lincoln Beacheys crashed aeroplane, at Ascot Park, Los Angeles, California

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Canal Full Of Punts

Canal Full Of Punts
22nd June 1913: A crowd gather at Boulters Lock on Ascot Sunday to see the laden punts go through the lock. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Train

Ascot Train
circa 1923: The Ascot Special leaving Waterloo Station, London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Heath Fire

Heath Fire
June 1929: A heath fire interrupts the days racing schedule at Ascot. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Car Park

Ascot Car Park
1st June 1907: Motor cars lined up in the road as crowds arrive at Ascot. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Cars

Ascot Cars
June 1907: Motor cars parked in the official garage at Ascot Races with chauffeurs in attendance. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Cars In Enclosure

Cars In Enclosure
1st June 1912: Motor cars arranged in the new enclosure for the first time, at Ascot. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Sunday

Ascot Sunday
June 1911: A boating party at Boutlers Lock, on a grey, rainy Ascot Sunday. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot
16th June 1927: Spectators at Royal Ascot, Gold Cup day. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Paddock

Ascot Paddock
15th June 1926: The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed horses of the Trial Stakes in the paddock at Ascot racecourse. (Photo by Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Racegoing Ramblers

Racegoing Ramblers
Ascot racegoers walking from the station to the Royal Enclosure through woods and fields, all dressed up in their summer finery

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Rain Gear

Rain Gear
Two spectators at Ascot wearing a tent-like bag to protect them from the rain

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Bound

Ascot Bound
Ascot racegoers queuing to buy tickets at Londons Waterloo Station

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: The Female Gaze

The Female Gaze
Male spectators watch the races from their carriages while a woman is left behind. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: The Final Furlong

The Final Furlong
June 1919: Spectators at the Royal Ascot Races get a good view of the racecourse. (Photo by Roper/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Crowd At Ascot

Crowd At Ascot
1st June 1907: Spectators at Ascot. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Gold Cup Day

Gold Cup Day
1839: Owners and jockeys with their horses in front of the Grand Stand at Ascot on Gold Cup Day. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot
The cups arrive at Ascot Station prior to the races, 16th June 1908. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Wet Ascot

Wet Ascot
20th June 1980: A couple stroll under brollies in rain at first day at Ascot. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Wet Ascot

Wet Ascot
20th June 1980: A couple stroll under brollies in rain at first day at Ascot. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Wet Ascot

Wet Ascot
A sea of umbrellas at a wet Ascot horse race meeting

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Grand Day Out

Grand Day Out
Crowds at Ascot races

Background imageRoyal Ascot Collection: Ascot Style

Ascot Style
circa 1900: Spectators at Royal Ascot (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



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