June: dates for the diary
June is truly a “royal” month celebrating, the Queens official birthday, The Royal Highland Show and, of course, Royal Ascot.
Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has kept it’s royal connection ever since – our Queen Elizabeth 2 has owned 20 winners at Ascot.
The Royal Meeting is held every year during the 3rd week of June. If you’re lucky enough to be invited into The Royal Enclosure you’ll be required dress up. In 1807 Beau Brummell, head of the Prince Regent’s fashion police, decreed that men of elegance should wear “ waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons”. Mercifully today you only have to wear morning dress with a top hat. Budd has all of the accessories you’ll need – talk to Andy or Christopher.
Royal Bath And West of England Show, Somerset (June 1-4)
Coutts International Polo Weekend, Chester Racecourse, Cheshire (June 3-4)
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Cornwall (June 9-11)
Epsom Derby (June 4) , Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey
British Tennis Championships (formerly the Artois), Queen's Club, London (June 6-June 12)
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, London (June 7- August 15)
Bramham International Horse Trials, Yorkshire (June 2-5)
Aldeburgh Festival Of Music And The Arts, Suffolk (June 10-26)
Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday, Trooping The Colour, Horse Guards Parade (June 12)
The Queen's Cup Final, The Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire (June 14)
Royal Ascot, Berkshire (June 14-18)
Three Counties Show, Malvern, Worcestershire (June 18-20)
Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London (June 20-Jul 3)
Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh (June 23-26)
British Jumping Derby Meeting, Sussex (June 23-26)
Biggin Hill International Air Fair, Kent (June 25-26)
Summer Shakespeare Season opens in London (June 6-August 27)
Eton And Harrow Cricket Match, Lords, London (June 25)
Cheltenham Music Festival, Gloucestershire (June 29-July 10)