And they’ve kicked off! Video shows moment brawl broke out at Royal Ascot – while the Queen was nearby cheering on her horses
- The violence erupted on Friday in the Windsor Enclosure of he Berkshire event
- About 10 men ferociously punched, kicked, and even yanked each others hair
- One man was knocked sprawling to the ground but was later helped to his feet
Royal Ascot descended into carnage as a fierce 10-man brawl erupted between suited-and-booted racegoers – one of whom was punched to the ground.
In the shadow of the Queen who was watching the horses nearby, the normally civilized occasion saw boozed-up thugs hit, kick and even yank each other’s hair.
Screams rang out from elegantly dressed women who were sent sprawling on to the grass amid the violence which reportedly broke out in the Windsor Enclosure – the economy zone of the Berkshire event.
Royal Ascot descended into carnage as a fierce 10-man brawl erupted between suited-and-booted racegoers – one of whom was punched to the ground
Screams rang out from elegantly dressed women who were knocked off their chairs amid the violence
In the shadow of the Queen (pictured on Friday) who was watching the horses nearby, the normally civilized occasion saw boozed-up thugs brawl
Dramatic footage from Friday, which has now emerged shows a group of about 10 men raining down blows on each other in a spectator area on the edge of the racecourse.
The fight initially appears to involve several of the young men but quickly plunges into a full scale bust-up between their friends who are encircling them.
One of the louts – dressed in a three-piece pinstriped suit, flat cap and sunglasses, is particularly aggressive and lashes out furiously at another racegoer who is sent sprawling on to the grass.
The knocked-down man lies motionless on the ground before a woman in a turquoise dress crouches down beside him and someone could be heard shouting ‘get away!’
One of the men, who has taken his blazer off revealing a pink tie and white shirt, watches the scuffle before a man in a grey suit clobbers him just below the neck
Suited and booted! One of the thugs then stomps on one of the racegoers who is sprawled out on the grass
A witness claimed the punch-up started when two drunk lads bumped into each other
He then begins to stir slightly before being helped to his feet by what appears to be some other racegoers and a security guard.
In the chaos, some women are also sent crashing to the floor as they are careered into by the scrapping men.
A witness claimed the punch-up started when two drunk lads bumped into each other and proceeded to shove each other.
The witness said: ‘Two guys started pushing and shoving each other. Then a fight broke out, throwing punches and knocking girls over.
‘I was shocked by it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. You don’t expect to see that at Ascot.’
MailOnline has contacted Thames Valley Police for comment.
Some 300,000 people flocked to the racecourse over the five-day meet which saw Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius win their second Gold Cup in a row.
Screams rang out from elegantly dressed women and chairs were knocked over amid the violence which reportedly broke out outside the Windsor Enclosure (pictured) – the economy zone of the Berkshire event
The Queen inspects the horses in the parade ring before the Sandringham Stakes race on Friday – day four – of Ascot
Racegoers are bound by a strict dress code to attend Royal Ascot which centres on sophistication and elegance