One more royal event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, it was announced that Royal Ascot 2020, which was scheduled to take place from June 16 to June 20, will be closed to the public. However, racing might still take place behind closed doors, subject to Government advice and public health policy.
Prince William and Kate have been regular at the annual Royal Ascot, as well as the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the rest of the Royal family. Last year, Duchess Kate stunned in a blue Elie Saab dress with sheer detailing throughout and a pussy-bow collar accent.
Guy Henderson, Ascot Racecourse’s Chief Executive, said: “For public health and safety reasons we have reached the difficult but unavoidable conclusion that Royal Ascot 2020 will not be able to take place as an event open to the public. This will of course be a great disappointment for everyone planning to attend.
“It may prove possible to run the Royal Ascot races behind closed doors, dependent on Government and public health policy and the approval of the BHA for us to re-start racing.
“This would be for the benefit of the industry; our valued partners and suppliers and our television audiences at home and internationally. Planning for this is now our complete focus and we will update on progress as and when we can.”
“Customers who have already paid for entry and hospitality at Royal Ascot will be refunded in full in the usual way as quickly as possible. We will start the process of communicating with them, initially by email, immediately.
“We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding in completing this substantial task given the challenging practical circumstances of the current national lockdown.
“The pandemic will have a significant financial impact on our business in 2020, along with so many others. Nevertheless, Ascot racecourse will come through this crisis. And we look forward to being able to welcome racegoers back when it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with all those grieving and suffering as a result of COVID-19. We offer heartfelt thanks to our wonderful NHS staff, key workers and volunteers for all their selfless dedication.”