The biggest names in polo were in action 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 events of the British sporting calendar, the final was watched by Her Majesty The Queen, Arnaud M. Bamberger (Executive Chairman of Cartier Ltd), and Laurent Feniou (Managing Director of Cartier Ltd), alongside a strong crowd of polo aficionados. 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 the Club. The highlight 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 Her Majesty 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 tournament itself comprised three weeks of electrifying high-goal polo. This world-leading tournament concluded with the historic final played in the presence of The Queen. With fifteen 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 – including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Boris Becker and Michelle Dockery – into the Cartier enclosure, welcoming them to an elegant champagne reception.
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 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.
Cartier’s link with polo can be seen the world over, with other key historic events including the Cartier World Elephant Polo Championships in Nepal in 1985, the Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow, first played in 1985 on the frozen waters of Lake St Moritz in Switzerland, and the creation of the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge in 2006. Cartier is proud to have been both the largest and longest sponsors of polo for the past 29 years, worldwide. With each successful enterprise, Cartier confirms its enthusiasm for an exceptional sport of passion and skill. The Cartier Queen’s Cup is the latest chapter in the company’s link with the “King of Sports, and the Sport of Kings.”