Belfast Telegraph

Stars shine at society polo event

Stars from stage and screen mingled with royalty at a prestigious society polo event which has become a high point of the British summer season.

Prince Charles oversaw the annual Cartier International Polo Day match at Windsor Great Park in Windsor, Berkshire, while the Queen enjoyed her summer holiday in Scotland.

A crowd of some 25,000 people turned out, including actors Sir Ben Kingsley and Tommy Lee Jones, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, presenter Cat Deeley and singer Katherine Jenkins.

Charles, wearing a cream suit, walked out at half-time to join in the tradition of stamping down the divots on the field caused by the horses' hooves.

The glittering event, held at the Guards Polo Club, is seen as rivalling Royal Ascot Ladies' Day as the most glamorous day of the British social season.

Match-goers took advantage by holding picnics and sipping Pimms on lawns surrounding the grand stands.

Celebrities joined other VIPs in the Cartier marquee where they enjoyed glasses of Cuvee Cartier champagne and a sumptuous lunch by leading chef Anton Mosimann.

The highlight of the day was the Coronation Cup clash between New Zealand and England which was won by the home side 9-7.

Afterwards, Arnaud Bamberger, managing director of Cartier, described it as "yet again another successful event".

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