How to watch Royal Ascot 2022 from the UK and US, plus which royals will be attending?

Royal Ascot 2022 is here! Here's how to watch and which royals will be attending...

The Queen at the Royal Ascot - here's how to watch the royal ascot 2022
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The Queen is a big fan of horse racing and while she reluctantly missed the Epsom Derby over the Platinum Jubilee weekend there's one annual race meeting that she always hopes to attend, Royal Ascot.

The prestigious race is finally here so if you're wondering, how to watch royal Ascot 2022 and which royals will attend each day you're in the right place.

As one of the biggest and most prestigious events on the racing calendar, the Royal Ascot will run this year from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 June and while there's often a disruption to the normal TV schedules those fortunate to get tickets will have the best views in the house (providing the showers hold off).

But for anyone looking to have a flutter from their living room, we have all you need to know about Royal Ascot and which members of the Royal family you can expect to see... 

How to watch Royal Ascot 2022 - TV channels and schedule

You can watch Royal Ascot live on ITV - with the meeting split between ITV and ITV4 - and the live festival coverage will also be simulcast on the ITV hub, on web and app, for viewers to watch online and also via the ITV Racing site itv.com/racing.

In addition, every Ascot Racecourse contest will be broadcast live on Sky Racing and TABradio, with in-depth coverage of every race on the Sky Racing Active app and selected races on Sky Thoroughbred Central. Active TABtouch customers can access Sky Racing and TABradio via their accounts.

For fans living in the US, you can watch the Royal Ascot on NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. 

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Which Royals will attend Royal Ascot and what days will they go?

Members of the Royal Family will attend Royal Ascot every day from Tuesday to Saturday, and it's reported that the Queen will also be in attendance for 2022. As a dedicated racehorse owner, Her Majesty has attended every Royal Ascot during her 70-year reign.

The Queen recently missed the Epsom Derby after three of her horses pulled out of the races in the days leading up to the event but it's anticipated that Her Majesty will attend Royal Ascot.

If so, she is expected to attend at least one of the day's races although which one has yet to be confirmed due to increasing difficulties with her mobility.

The first day was spearheaded by three impeccable Group 1 contests – The Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes, and St James’s Palace Stakes.

Prince Charles who recently broke his strict diet and his wife Duchess Camilla, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Zara and Mike Tindall, and Princess Beatrice were all in attendance on Tuesday 14. 

Prince Charles

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Wednesday marks the start of a competitive card the prestigious Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. The day itself tends to be a more gently-paced occasion than the opening day of the Royal Meeting, yet there is no compromise on quality in terms of both the racing and the enjoyment away from the track. 

In addition to The Prince of Wales’s Stakes the card also features three Group 2 races – The Queen Mary Stakes, The Queen’s Vase, and The Duke of Cambridge Stakes. 

Thursday is traditionally Ladies Day at Ascot and it is a day to see and be seen, the official Royal Ascot website states, "It is a glorious occasion, when high fashion and millinery masterpieces take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers locking horns in the historic Gold Cup."

Friday's penultimate race day also features two Group 1 races, as Europe’s finest three-year-old fillies do battle in the Coronation Stakes and a field of hugely exciting young sprinters contest the Commonwealth Cup. It’s the perfect start to a memorable long weekend.

To round off the racing week there is the exceptional card featuring the £1m Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, one of the world’s greatest international sprints, ensuring a fitting finale to an unforgettable week.

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.