This weekend saw one of the closest finals in the 52-year history of the Cartier Queen’s Cup polo tournament played out between Dubai and Ayala at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park. HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip and the executive chairman of Cartier Arnaud M Bamberger watched Dubai defeat Ayala by 12 goals to 11 and take the cup for the fifth time.
Among the 5,000 spectators were guests invited by Cartier from the worlds of theatre, film and sport including Kenneth Branagh, actors – and faces of Burberry – Tom Hughes and Douglas Booth, actress Gemma Chan, comedian Jack Whitehall and athlete Edwin Moses.
The stylish crowd enjoyed a field-side reception where Cartier champagne flowed as they tucked into a lunch of Aberdeen Angus beef, Jersey Royal potatoes and seasonal vegetables served by Belgravia private-dining club Mosimann’s.
Cartier’s long connection with polo, known as ‘the sport of kings’, started in 1985 with the Cartier International Polo match, which was also held in Windsor Park. Since then Cartier has gone on to sponsor the World Elephant Polo Championships in Nepal, the Polo World Cup on Snow, which is held on the frozen waters of St Moritz lake in Switzerland every year and the newest tournament, the International Dubai Polo Challenge started in 2006.