Royal Horse­play

PRINCES, POWER BRO­KERS AND POLO PLAY­ERS GATH­ERED AT AN­DREW LLOYD WEB­BER’S MAG­NIF­I­CENT ENGLISH ES­TATE FOR THE AN­NUAL KENT & CUR­WEN ROYAL CHAR­ITY POLO CUP

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Invitation -

Since its in­cep­tion in im­pe­rial Per­sia, polo has been known as the “sport of kings”. It lived up to that rep­u­ta­tion in all its aris­to­cratic glory at the Kent & Cur­wen Royal Char­ity Polo Cup. An an­nual invitation-only com­pe­ti­tion, the event takes place at An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s grand Water­ship Down es­tate in Berk­shire, Eng­land. As well as the en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided, the event raises funds for two African char­i­ties, the Tusk Trust, whose royal pa­tron is Prince Wil­liam, Duke of Cam­bridge, and Sen­te­bale, which was founded by Wil­liam’s brother, Prince Harry.

On the sun-drenched sum­mer day in late July, Wil­liam and Harry swung and hooked their way to vic­tory for the West­combe polo team, cheered on by a flock of no­table guests, among them sports stars, so­cialites, business mag­nates and celebri­ties.

The polo ac­tion was punc­tu­ated by a three-course lunch, dur­ing which live and silent auc­tions raised thou­sands of pounds for the two causes, and a lav­ish high tea later in the af­ter­noon. El­der­flower cock­tails kept the so­phis­ti­cated crowd hy­drated as the sun shone on into the evening, set­ting the es­tate’s sprawl­ing mead­ows aglow.

David Gandy

Harry and Prince Prince Wil­liam

Arthur de Villepin

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