It's Armchair Ascot! Ladies are being urged to dress up

It’s Armchair Ascot! Ladies are being urged to dress up for next week’s showpiece event as racing fans cheer on the runners and riders from their living rooms

  • This year’s Royal Ascot takes place without racegoers because of coronavirus
  • A hat designer is inviting those watching Ascot on TV to her Stay Home event
  • The money donated from the event will go towards NHS Charities
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

It is usually one of the social highlights of the summer, mixing royalty, fashion and horses. 

But this year’s Royal Ascot must take place without racegoers because of coronavirus. 

However, that doesn’t mean the parade of outlandish hats has been mothballed. 

Instead, punters are being encouraged to dress up for next week’s event as they pop the champagne and cheer on the runners and riders from the comfort of their sofa. 

Tracy Rose a Royal Ascot hat designer who is hoping to recreate the excitement of the races inside people’s homes

For £10, donated to the NHS, they will gain entry to an exclusive Zoom room on the first day of the festival on June 16 where Tracy is hoping to recreate a party atmosphere

Hat designer Tracy Rose, who is normally busy preparing fabulous creations, is inviting those watching Ascot on TV to her Stay Home Enclosure. 

For £10, donated to the NHS, they will gain entry to an exclusive Zoom room on the first day of the festival on June 16. 

She said: ‘This would have been the 39th year I would have been creating hats for Royal Ascot and obviously it’s a great disappointment that it won’t be open to the public.

‘However, we’ve come up with a wonderful idea for people to enjoy some of the thrill of the event in their own home. 

‘Everyone invited will be able to get a little bit of the atmosphere that would be at the races, meet up with friends, admire some of the fabulous outfits and at the same time raise money for our wonderful NHS heroes.’ 

Tracy Rose at Royal Ascot, Ladies Day in the years before Covid. Seen here on 17 June 2010

Tracy Rose at Royal Ascot on the 16 June 2015 in another of her creations

A similar virtual event on Ladies Day at April’s Aintree festival saw hundreds of women – and some men – dress up and post selfies on social media

A similar virtual event on Ladies Day at April’s Aintree festival saw hundreds of women – and some men – dress up and post selfies on social media. 

Profits from bets placed on the Grand National raised £2.6million for NHS Charities Together. 

Tracy said: ‘This would have been the 39th year I would have been creating hats for Royal Ascot and obviously it’s a great disappointment that it won’t be open to the public’

Hat designer Tracy Rose wears an ‘England Flag’ hat on the second day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 16, 2010

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