Royal Ascot 2019: A summer spectacle with the royal seal of approval

01:35 - Source: CNN
Royal Ascot's glamour and appeal
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Britain’s royal family, toffs, top hats and world-class horse racing – there is little more quintessentially British than Royal Ascot.

The summer spectacle, which begins Tuesday in Berkshire, west of London, combines high fashion with the cream of Flat racing.

Soaked in tradition and glamor, the event dates back to 1711 and comes with the royal seal of approval.

Queen Elizabeth II has attended the event for more than seven decades, both as a spectator and a successful horse owner, and has enjoyed 23 winners over the years.

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Royal approval

Her Majesty arrives each day in a horse-drawn carriage with other members of the royal family, a practice dating back to 1825. The royal procession conveys the monarch from nearby Windsor Castle, past the packed grandstands, to the Royal Enclosure.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made her first appearance at Ascot last year joining Prince Harry and the Queen for the first day of the race meeting.

“It’s not an official occasion for her [the Queen] but she comes because she loves horse racing so much. It makes you very proud to be British,” said Aly Vance, host of CNN’s Winning Post.

Ascot Racecourse itself is one of the world’s most beautiful venues to watch the sport of kings.

It features two tracks – flat and jumps – on a greensward about six miles from Windsor Castle.

In fact, it’s technically still the property of the British royal family, however Parliament passed a special act in 1813 to ensure that the course remains public.

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