If you’re surrounded by horses and hats, punters and peplums in England in mid-June, then you must be at the Royal Ascot. This five-day festival, hosted by London’s Ascot Racecourse, is one of Britain’s most celebrated horseracing events. This is the place to watch the horses while ogling the famous and the fabulous, the royals and the ridiculous. In terms of pomp and spectacle, nothing comes close to the Royal Ascot.

The Royal Ascot was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and, today, the tradition and ceremony continue. The Queen always attends the Royal Ascot, making a grand entrance in the royal procession. A strict dress code is enforced, the atmosphere is brilliant, and the horses are among the best in the world, which makes for formidable competition and record-breaking Royal Ascot betting.

Ascot races

This year, Royal Ascot 2013 will run from Tuesday, 18 June until Saturday, 22nd. Every day features at least one major race, and brings its own ambience and colour. The first day is always charged with electricity as the Royal Ascot kicks off with three Group 1 races. The second day, lodged between the frenetic opener and Gold Cup Day features the Prince of Wales’ Stakes; the calmer ambience is a big attraction to those who are looking for a kinder and gentler horseracing experience.

Gold Cup Day, also known as Ladies’ Day, is a huge event from beginning to end. At first, fashion comes close to grabbing the spotlight; but, when the Gold Cup race comes around, the horses and jockeys return to the limelight to run one of the year’s most challenging courses. The fourth day of Royal Ascot highlights the Coronation Stakes and the King Edward VII Stakes, while Day Five features the always dramatic Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the most significant sprint race of the year.

Set Your “Sites” on William Hill for Royal Ascot Betting

Royal Ascot betting with William Hill

Due to the high-level racing and the impressive prize money (£5 million this year) it’s not surprising that the Royal Ascot generates over £400 million in wagers, most of which are placed online. Betting on Royal Ascot 2013 at William Hill is a smart move for punters who can’t attend the event in person. William Hill, the industry’s leading bookmaker, is a popular place to punt on sports in general and horseracing in particular due to its solid reputation for reliability, professionalism, and security. In addition, Royal Ascot odds from William Hill are known to be the best in the business. If you can’t snag a ticket to Ascot Racecourse, you can still participate in the overall experience by betting on the races and watching them live as a William Hill member. Leave those day dresses and top hats in the closet and turn to William Hill for all your Royal Ascot needs.