Upon re-opening the new grandstand attracted criticism for failing to provide sufficiently raised viewing for patrons to watch the racing, and devoting too much space to restaurants, bars and corporate hospitality facilities.
However, the upper levels provide far less accommodation for the everyday racegoer than was present in the former stand. In March it was confirmed that the main sponsors of Ascot, William Hill would be ceasing their sponsorship deal, citing that the decision by the BBC to reduce live race coverage as the main reason in its decision making process.
The Royal Ascot is the centrepiece of Ascot's year and dates back to when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales , arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen's Royal Standard.
It is a major event in the British social calendar , and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing.
There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week. In , whilst Ascot was closed for redevelopment, the Royal meeting was held at York Racecourse.
The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, with recent visits from the Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day.
First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years.
For existing badgeholders, an invitation is sent out by Her Majesty's Representative  to request badges. The badgeholder's name is written onto the badge and can be used only by that person; the colours of the badges vary each day for one-day applicants.
Those in the Royal Enclosure have the options of fine dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars. The dress code is strictly enforced.
For women, only a day dress with a hat is acceptable, with rules applying to the length and style of the dress. In addition, women must not show bare midriffs or shoulders.
For men, black or grey morning dress with top hat is required. There are eighteen group races on offer, with at least one Group One event on each of the five days.
Since , 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 Shergar Cup is an annual horse racing event held at Ascot, usually during early August. The event is named in honour of Shergar , the horse that won the Epsom Derby , and was originally sponsored by Shergar's owner, the Aga Khan.
The event is currently sponsored by Dubai Duty Free. The racecourse is also home to Royal Ascot Cricket Club, which was founded in The club's ground is situated in the middle of the racecourse.
The racecourse is the setting for a scene in the musical My Fair Lady and the subject for the song "Ascot Gavotte".
The racecourse was used as a filming location in the James Bond film A View to a Kill , where Bond played for the last time by Roger Moore was beginning his mission to defeat the villainous Max Zorin Christopher Walken , whose horse was racing there.
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