Exclusive Members’ invitation to the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup 2019 in Polo’s 150th Anniversary Year at Guards Polo Club, with Champagne Reception and Three-Course Lunch by Mosimann’s in Guards Clubhouse
We are delighted to announce an invitation for our Members to enjoy the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club, Smith’s Lawn, Windsor in an historic year—the 150th Anniversary of the Sport of Polo as we know it. This is the jewel in the crown of English polo, one of the world’s top five polo tournaments and a quintessentially English sporting day. The Cartier Queen’s Cup attracts the world’s best players and encapsulates the best of the British Season. This 22-goal tournament runs for six weeks, climaxing with the Semi-Finals and the Finals, when HM The Queen historically presents her trophy to the winning team.
Guards Polo Club is inviting our Members to attend this, the first official High Goal Tournament of the season, for the Semi-Finals (this year on Wednesday, June 12) and the Finals (Sunday, June 16), when HM The Queen is again expected to attend with other Members of the Royal Family.
The Cartier Queen’s Cup is polo at its best. It will be a thrilling sporting occasion—the Semi-Finals offer a long day of perhaps the greatest sporting challenges, and the Finals offer a sensational climax as well as one of the social highlights of the year. Players and aficionados travel across the world to be there.
The year 2019 marks 150 years since the first acknowledged game of polo, ‘hockey on horseback’, as it was referred to then, organised in 1869 by Army officers stationed at Aldershot. And of all the polo clubs which thereafter flowered in England, none is quite so prestigious and highly regarded as Guards, nor, it seems, quite so spacious and beautifully tended—this is, after all, ‘home club’ to HM The Queen, who presented her Cup to the Club in 1960 and in 1986 watched HRH Prince Charles win the trophy with Les Diables Bleus. HRH Prince Philip had to settle for the runners-up spot twice, in 1964 and ’66.
Founded in January 1955, Guards Polo Club was originally named the Household Brigade Polo Club, with Prince Philip as President, a position which he still occupies. The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Princes William and Harry regularly attend, and Guards Clubhouse was designed by the Prince of Wales, who said of his sport, ‘I cannot help feeling that there are few team games in existence to rival polo for sheer excitement, speed and fascination.’
The Queen’s Cup is for the very best high-goal players—including Adolfo Cambiaso—will again be in a lineup of the top international teams including England’s greatest players and the finest line-up of ponies anywhere in the world. All of this, and this special Polo 150 Anniversary, means that this year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup will be a thriller. It will not only be a feast of sport and horsemanship, but of glamour—the Queen’s Cup, particularly the Final, attracts more than its share of high-profile guests—and a feast in its real sense, the chefs at Guards this season are again from the celebrated Mosimann’s in London, ensuring culinary delights for us in Guards Clubhouse.
You are invited to be there on the two best days of the tournament: the Semi-Finals on the Wednesday will be all about the polo, with a jolly good Mosimann’s three-course lunch. The atmosphere will be relaxed, filled with pleasure and good humour as well as exhilarating sporting pace and achievement as the teams battle for a place in the Finals. Sunday’s Finals are of course the climax of the tournament in every way—sport, social, glamour and Royal attendance. There is also a difference in the full-on style of wining and dining, from the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Reception to welcome you to Guards, to the delicious Mosimann’s Three-Course Lunch served with wine, and the scrumptious Afternoon Tea—and you as a CountryClubuk Member will enjoy exactly the same as Guards Polo Club Members themselves, thereby giving you preferential rates and status. Here are the details:
Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi-Finals, Wednesday, June 12
You can enjoy the full day at Guards Polo Club and all-day use of Guards Clubhouse, starting with a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Reception to welcome you. This will be followed by a delicious three-course lunch prepared by Mosimann’s chefs, served with wine (half a bottle per guest) and followed by tea and coffee. You will have Guards’ Members Grandstand seats to watch the polo, returning to Guards Clubhouse to relax and enjoy further refreshments as required—Champagne and Pimm’s are of course part of the polo scene, and Members may choose to buy their choice of liquid refreshments, as well as afternoon tea if they so desire. The full day’s cost, including car parking badge, is only £145 per person including VAT. Click here now to reserve your places for the Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi-Finals in ‘Polo 150’ Year, 2019.
Cartier Queen’s Cup Finals, Sunday, June 16
You will receive the ultimate in Guards Polo Club wining and dining, starting with a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Reception to welcome you. A sumptuous three-course lunch, again prepared by the Mosimann’s chefs, will be served with a half bottle of wine per guest. Later you will be treated to Mosimann’s full Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings. You will have Guards’ Members Grandstand seats allocated to watch the polo, and all-day access to Guards Clubhouse and garden beside the Royal Box—you will be in prime position for the presentation, which is historically made by HM The Queen. The full day’s cost is just £298 per person, including VAT, instead of the full rate of £450 which others pay. Click here now to reserve your places for the Cartier Queen’s Cup Finals in ‘Polo 150’ Year, 2019.
All arrangements have been made to make the day smooth and enjoyable for you and your personal guests. You will arrive at the Blacknest Gate main entrance to Guards Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Great Park, at any time from 11.45am. You will have Guards Polo Club day badges and designated car park places. To extend the pleasure of the day by staying at one of our preferred hotels in the area at exclusive Club rates, please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.
Places are necessarily very limited for this high-profile tournament, and will be allocated on a strict first-to-book basis. Please make your reservations for yourself and your guests now. Click here to reserve your places for the Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi-Finals, and click here to reserve your places for the Cartier Queen’s Cup Finals, or call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.
¶ Click here to see full details of the 2019 Cartier Queen’s Cup on the Club website, and to book places.
¶ For further sport and social at Guards Polo Club, including the Royal Windsor and our annual lunch at the Duke of Wellington Trophy Final, please call the Club Member Services team, 020 7399 2960, and watch for further details on publication of the CountryClubuk eNews.