The biggest names in the sport of polo were in action yesterday on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park in a bid to win the Cartier Queen’s Cup 2014.
One of the most prestigious and renowned events of the British sporting calendar, watched by HM The Queen, Arnaud M. Bamberger, Executive Chairman Cartier Ltd, and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director Cartier Ltd, alongside a strong crowd of polo aficionados, was played out yesterday.
Before the match started the Band of the Grenadier Guards paraded on the field into the shape of the figure 30 to celebrate Cartier’s three decades of sponsorship of polo at Guards Polo Club.
The summit of the day was the exhilarating play for the Queen’s Cup between Zacara and Talandracas. An impressive performance over the highly regarded Talandracas ensured that Zacara patron Lyndon Lea stepped forward to receive the trophy from HM The Queen. In fact Zacara had an easier time than even they thought possible, winning the game 10-7, and were so dominant in the first half of the match that they were 6-2 up at half-time.
‘The King of Jewellers’, Cartier, celebrated a long-standing tradition of supporting polo over 30 years, the true ‘Sport of Kings’ the world over. Cartier UK is delighted to continue its involvement in the prestigious high-goal Queen’s Cup tournament.
The tournament itself began on Tuesday 20th May, commencing three weeks of electrifying high-goal polo. This world-leading tournament concluded yesterday, Sunday 15th June, with the historic final played in the presence of HM The Queen. With 15 teams entering this most prestigious of tournaments, all expectations were exceeded.
To mirror the impressive talent on the field, Cartier invited guests from the worlds of stage, screen, sport, society, and literature into the Cartier enclosure, welcoming them to the elegant reception, serving Cartier champagne and a lunch created by Mosimann’s.
HM Queen Noor of Jordan; Boris Becker; Michelle Dockery; Kristen Davis; Bianca Jagger; Jilly Cooper, OBE.
Christopher Biggins; Stephanie Powers; Astrid Munoz; Frances O’Connor; Lord & Lady Milford Haven.
Guests started with Dorset crab and poached lobster, pickled cucumber, heritage tomato and radish salad, with a dill dressing. For the main, guests enjoyed fillet of Angus beef accompanied by warm summer vegetables and Jersey royals with herb vinaigrette and horseradish cream. To finish, guests had vanilla panna cotta with English strawberries and honeycomb alongside coffee and petit fours.
The enclosure was transformed to celebrate Cartier’s 30 years of polo sponsorship with floral creations by John Carter; tables were adorned with Cartier’s signature red, red dahlia, red antirrhinum, deep pink peonies, artichokes, red rose plants and red gladioli. A display of Cartier polo photographs over the past 30 years was located inside the marquee.