ROYAL ENCLOSURE SPORTS SCARF PHENOMENA
Royal Enclosure is the name of a very wide styled scarf first created over 100 years ago to recognise outstanding achievement in equestrian racing and unwittingly triggered a massive surge in the number of spectators for the sport.
Today the Royal Enclosure is still hand made in Cambridge using the same royal warrant wool used to make the uniforms for the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace, carries the University logo and can be seen keeping people warm in the winter, or laid out as a picnic blanket by people enjoying the English gardens and river boats in the summer.
THERE WAS SOMETHING UNUSUAL ABOUT THE FIRST ROYAL ENCLOSURE SCARF
The first Royal Enclosure scarf was made in the purple and red colours of the shirts (known as silks) worn by jockeys racing horses for the gallant and trendsetting British prince Edward VII who wore it during the regular sporting excursions into the racehorse region surrounding the city of Cambridge, where he studied.
He was quick to present the scarf to every enchanting maiden he encountered riding in a draughty horse drawn carriage and in need of warming or laid it on the lawn at a summer garden party for ladies in need of a place to sit.
An interesting side note is that this scarf inspired the creation of coloured scarves for colleges in Cambridge which later became a trend for colleges all over the world.
WHAT WAS THE EFFECT OF THIS ROYAL ENCLOSURE SCARF?
As you can imagine wearing the Royal Enclosure scarf given to you by a King became the ultimate fashion statement which made the scarf famous and triggered soaring attendance at horse racing events – for it was now easy for any member of the public to spot a famous horse on the racecourse… just look for the famous red and purple colours.
THE ROYAL ENCLOSURE SCARF BECOMES A GLOBAL PHENOMENON
In the twenty-first century this idea has evolved further with Royal Enclosure scarves now designed in the shirt colours of the 32 most distinguished teams including the Red and Purple of the current monarch – HM the Queen, so it’s easy to know which of the stables in a race are the highest ranking.
There are also the Royal Enclosure races which make it really quite simple to become captivate by the sport by alerting you which race everyday features the highest number of the 32 Royal Enclosure stables competing in Great Britain, plus a scoring board which ranks these 32 racing teams by performance.
GET YOURSELF ROYAL ENCLOSURED
Simple and fun way to get started is to buy a set of Royal Enclosure tiles for the 4 or more stables you like. When your stable tiles form a line on the board you are awarded a complimentary Royal Enclosure scarf in your own racing stable colours.