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300 UP; Potted history of the Queen's favourite racecourse.

1711 QUEEN Anne decides that Ascot Heath is the ideal place to race horses. The first race is held on August 11th. 1714 Queen Anne dies and the Georgian era begins with the accession of King George I. Ascot races cancelled. 1790 Beau Brummell, a friend of the Prince Regent, decreed gentlemen should wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons. 1807 The running of the first Gold Cup, making it the oldest of races that forms today's Royal Meeting.

1813 An Act of Enclosure places Ascot Heath and Windsor Forest into the ownership of the Crown.

1825 King George IV strengthens the link between Ascot and royalty with the first Royal Procession.

1850 The Flying Dutchman becomes the first horse to win the Derby and the Gold Cup.

1888 The racecard appears for the first time in booklet form.

1897 Number cloths used for the first time at Ascot - believed to be the first time they are used anywhere. 1910 Accession of King George V. Royal Ascot is Black Ascot, in mourning for King Edward VII, who had died on May 6th.

1912 Racegoers begin to arrive by car and cars are allowed to park on the Heath.

1919 King George V insists no media photography be allowed in the Royal Enclosure as he had a "rooted objection to being snap-shotted". The following year a ban was introduced. It still stands.

1926 Ascot installs the world's first watering system that can serve the entire track.

1940 Racing at Ascot is cancelled after the outbreak of war and the course is commandeered by the Army. 1946 The Royal Meeting returns to Ascot and a country still in recovery. The Royal Enclosure dress code replaces morning suits with service dress or lounge suits. The wearing of lounge suits was rescinded but service dress remains permitted.

1951 First Ascot races to be televised live in the UK (BBC).

1965 Jump racing comes to Ascot on the closure of the local Hurst Park. 1967 Her Majesty's Representative, The Duke of Norfolk, bans ladies from wearing trouser suits in Royal Enclosure.

1973 The first Ladies Race - the Cullinan Diamond Stakes - is held at Ascot. Caroline Blackwell wins. 1975 The "race of the century" between Grundy and Bustino in the King George. 1987 Princess Anne wins the Dresden Diamond Stakes on Ten No Trumps, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to ride an Ascot winner. 1996 Frankie Dettori wins seven races. 2002 The Royal Meeting is extended to five days to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

2006 After 20 months, the new pounds 220m Ascot Grandstand re-opens at the Royal Meeting.

2007 200th anniversary of The Gold Cup.

2009 Yeats wins The Gold Cup for a record fourth time.

2011 Ascot Tercentenary Celebrations.
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Date:Jun 14, 2011
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