With much of the world focused on the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia, fighting for attention this week will be one of the best horse racing festivals — Royal Ascot.
If you're not a fan of soccer, then what about racing, royalty and high fashion? Think tails and top hats instead of trainers and tank tops.
Some 300,000 well-heeled racegoers will descend on the small town of Ascot in southern England to enjoy one of Britain's most iconic events on both the sporting and social calendars.
The first Royal Ascot was in 1768 and since its inception a British monarch has attended every year. Queen Elizabeth II, her family and guests will arrive at 2 p.m. each day during the royal procession, in which they'll be driven in horse-drawn carriages down the race track and into the parade ring.