Royal Ascot: Photos from one of Britain's key social events

Updated 1003 GMT (1803 HKT) June 11, 2019
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Royal Ascot is one of the highlights of the British summer's sporting and cultural calendar. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and other leading members of the royal family are regular visitors. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
It begins every day with the royal procession in horse-drawn carriages in front of the stands. Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attended the opening day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire, west of London in 2018. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan present a trophy to jockey Frankie Dettori for his winning ride on Without Parole as trainer John Gosden (right) watches on. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
The Queen is a big horse racing fan and continues the royal traditions of riding in a horse-drawn carriage up Ascot's Straight Mile to open each day, first introduced by King George IV in 1825. Getty Images for Ascot Racehorse
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are regular attendees. Getty Images
The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Zara Philllips, daughter of Princess Anne, can also be spotted. Getty Images
Royal Ascot is a quintessentially British sporting occasion. Getty Images
Lunch in the car park is a Royal Ascot tradition for many. Getty Images
Racegoers are obliged to dress up for the occasion, particularly in the Royal Enclosure where top hats and tails for men are compulsory. Getty Images
Royal Ascot is very much a cathedral of high fashion ... Getty Images
... and an occasion for dressing up. Getty Images
Hats are big and bold -- no fascinators are allowed in the Royal Enclosure. Getty Images
Even the dress code assistants have a special uniform. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot
Royal Ascot is a byword for pomp, pageantry, glamor and elegance. Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecours
The racing is world class with the cream of Europe's equine superstars and top trainers and jockeys. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Royal Ascot features five top-level Group 1 races over its five days with the highlight being the Ascot Gold Cup. Jockey Frankie Dettori won on Stradivarius for trainer John Gosden in 2018. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecours
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II presents Frankie Dettori with his prize after he rode Stradivarius to win Ascot Gold Cup on day three of the royal meeting in 2018. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecours