The Cartier Queen’s Cup is one of the top five polo tournaments in the world, attracting the most prestigious names in the sport and the crème de la creme of British society, including the HM The Queen. The final, which this year fell on 18th June, is more than a sporting event: this glamorous date on the social calendar is an occasion to cheer on your favourite polo team, catch up on the latest society gossip and brush shoulders with the famous attendees, which included the likes of Caroline Winberg, Jessica Hart, Lily Donaldson, Zoe Jordan, Lady Weymouth, Richard Biedul, Kate Sumner, Lady Kitty Spencer, Candice Lake, Jessica Clarke, Lady Woolton, and Lara Stone.
For once, the British weather didn’t disappoint: the temperatures were as high as the spirits of polo aficionados, who passionately cheered their favourite team on. Bellboys were on hand to offer pomegranate fizz and Cartier champagne to keep the guests pleasantly cool and refreshed. I admit I had more than one sip of bubbly – it was a special occasion, after all! Fans were handed out to the crowds, too, to further help them keep the heat at bay while looking chic.
For the occasion, Cartier erected a luxury marquee in the grounds of Windsor Great Park – it was so exclusive, entrance was by invitation only. I reunited here with my friends to enjoy a delicious dinner before the match: on the menu were goat’s curd with Wiltshire black truffle zucchini flower beignets, a fillet of Hereford beef with char-grilled summer vegetables and a hedgerow berry Pavlova topped with whipped Jersey cream and fresh mint. As I ate my way through the three meal course, I couldn’t help but admire the vibrant floral arrangements that imparted such a cheerful atmosphere to the marquee.
After the meal was over, I made my way to the field with the other guests to watch the match between Bein Soleimani’s RH Polo and Michael Bickford’s La Indiana. Both teams proudly battled it out on the field, giving their absolute all, but it was RH Polo, headed by polo legend Adolfo Cambiaso, who won the day and brought home the trophy. Cambiaso wasn’t the only player to be recognized for his efforts; his pony was named Cartier Best Playing pony, an award that was handed out by HM The Queen.
The day was far from over. After the match, we all made our way back to the marquee to celebrate the winning team. DJ Hugo Heathcoate and Mark Ronson had us all dancing away for hours – I was still moving on the dance floor well past sunset!