Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

Royal Ascot - 2020

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2020 Royal Ascot Cancelled

The Australian High Commission has been invited to submit a list of Australian nationals who wish to attend Royal Ascot 2020 in the Royal Enclosure.  See the official website of the British Monarchy and Royal Ascot website

We run a ballot for this privilege and results are final.

Because of the high demand and the security requirements for the Royal Enclosure, we are required to undertake a rigorous application process.  You will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation, please click here to download the conditions of this letter : letter of recommendation (MS Word Format)

The letter of recommendation should provide a character reference and confirm your suitability to attend Royal Ascot.  It must include the full contact details of your referee (address, phone, email). 

The successful applicants will receive a Badge Request Form from us which will entitle you to buy tickets for the Royal Enclosure.  Badge Request forms must be sent to the Royal Ascot Office with payment, indicating the day(s) you wish to attend.  No payment or forms should be sent to the Australian High Commission.  If forms are emailed to the Australian High Commission, they cannot be forwarded.  Details of where to send your form are on the form itself.

Please read through all the supporting information carefully before lodging an application.

If your application is deemed incorrect or incomplete it will not be taken into consideration.




Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June 2020

A new race, the Commonwealth Cup, was added to the programme in 2015. It is described as a six furlong sprint designed to attract top class three year old horses from across the Commonwealth and the world.  It is run on Friday 21 June.


Important note.  As the Australian High Commission does not take payment for Royal Ascot, we do not need to know the specific date(s) that you wish to attend.  We only need to know the number of guests who wish to attend.  Once you have completed your online application you will enter the ballot and, if successful, you will have to enter the intended date(s) into the badge request form that we will send you.  This form will then have to be sent by you to Royal Ascot.  The Australian High Commission takes no further part in this process.

As part of the online application, the Main Applicant only will be asked to upload a scanned copy of the information page of their Australian passport AND a letter of recommendation.  Please do not start your application unless you have a file/scan of the information page of your passport AND your letter of recommendation for uploading to us.

You will also need to supply the full name of your guest (if applicable) if one is included in your application in the email that contains your letter of recommendation and passport information page file.


  • Maximum party size is 2 people only.

  • Australian nationals can apply to be considered for a Royal Enclosure Badge Request Form.
  • The Main applicant must be an Australian citizen but may be accompanied by a non-Australian citizen, as long as they are immediate family of the main applicant – husband, wife, parent and children (Young guests are adult children.  These are classed as unmarried sons and daughters aged 18-25 inclusive).  A child aged 10-17 inclusive may accompany an adult who has a badge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.
  • Unrelated friends of the main applicant must make their own separate application, as long as the main applicant is an Australian Citizen.
  • Because of the high demand and security requirements for the Royal Enclosure, we are required to undertake a rigorous application process. We run a ballot for this privilege and results are final.
  • Applications received outside the designated application period will not be considered.
  • Only successful candidates will be notified by email in early May 2020.
  • Badges, once allocated cannot be refunded and are strictly non-transferable between race days and attendees.

Married couples should note that Badges are normally issued in the husband’s name e.g Mr William Smith and Mrs William Smith.


Children under the age of 10 are not admitted to the Royal Enclosure.

Children between the ages of 10-17 years inclusive are welcome on Thursday 18, Friday 19 Saturday 20 June 2020 only.  Badges must be purchased in advance and they must be accompanied by an adult Royal Enclosure badge holder.

Proof of age may be requested, therefore please provide your child’s date of birth when applying to Royal Ascot if successful in the ballot.

Applicants aged between 18 and 25 inclusive are admitted to the Royal Enclosure at reduced rates.  Please see more details below.



  • Adult one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday) : £180.00 per day

  • Young Guest (age 18-25 inclusive) one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday) : £120.00 per day

  • Children (age 10-17 inclusive) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only : £40.00 per day

  • Car parking : £50.00 per day, per car


Successful applicants in the 2020 ballot for the Royal Enclosure will receive an electronic Badge Request Form from the High Commission, which will enable you to make the payment with the Royal Enclosure directly.  We will make no further contact with you after you are sent this form.

You must print and complete the electronic badge request form, and then post or email it to the Royal Enclosure Office (details given on the form) together with your payment.  No forms or payment should be sent to the Australian High Commission.  If forms are sent to the High Commission, they will not be forwarded.

Badges for entry will be sent directly to the successful applicants from the Royal Enclosure Office by registered post, or you can collect them from the Racecourse.  Details are on the Badge Request form.

If the day you selected has reached capacity, the Royal Enclosure Office will request a second day choice.

Please note: Once badges are allocated they cannot be refunded and are strictly non-transferable between race days or racegoers.


The rules on dress in the Royal Enclosure are strict.  Precise details will be issued with badges and will also be available on the Royal Ascot website:

  • Ladies: Knee length formal day dress with a hat
  • Gentlemen: Black or grey morning dress, waistcoat and top hat are required
  • Girls (aged 10-17): Knee length formal day dress with a hat (may wear a headpiece or fascinator without any size restriction)
  • Boys (aged 10-17): A suit with a tie
  • Serving military personnel: Welcome to wear Service Dress or the equivalent
  • Overseas Visitors: Welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.

Jeans and training shoes are not permissible.

Those not complying with the dress code will be asked to leave the Royal Enclosure and their Royal Enclosure badge will be removed.


Photography is not permitted within the Royal Enclosure.


If you are unsuccessful in your application please remember that tickets for the public areas and Grandstand can be brought directly from the Royal Ascot website:  

Please do not start your application unless you have photographed/scanned the Passport information page for the main applicant AND a letter of recommendation and saved these as files (total file size must be under 4mb) ready for uploading to us.


SEND THESE FILES TO : [email protected]

PLEASE USE THE SUBJECT LINE: Application for Royal Ascot 2020 - your Surname

When you submit your documents to us, please also list the full name of your guest included in your application in the email you send.

IMPORTANT - Unfortunately If you do not send the passport and letter of recommendation files after your online application, your application will not be taken into consideration and therefore will not be entered into the ballot.  Please do not commence with the application process until you do have all the required information and files ready for uploading. If these files are sent at a different time, or sent in more than one email after you complete your application, your application will not count.  Thank you.


Due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be notified by email after applications close and we run the ballot.  If you do not receive confirmation by email that you were successful in the ballot, then unfortunately you may assume that you were not successful.

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