January 24, 2021

Cartier Hosts Queen’s Cup Final In Windsor

BALL GAMES : “Look at the beautiful people; isn’t it brilliant?” remarked author Jilly Cooper, taking in the marquee at the Guards Polo Club near Windsor for the final of the Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo on Sunday. “Just look at all these flowers; Cartier do it so splendidly, getting it all out here. Imagine all the people getting up at 4 o’clock in the morning to do those flowers.”
Cooper, who arguably put the game of polo on popular culture’s radar with her saucy equestrian-themed novels, including “Polo,” written in 1991 and full of promiscuous aristocrats, naive ingénues, sporty heroes of either the humble or braggartly varieties, unscrupulous villains and scheming neighbors.
“Aren’t they all marvelous?” she observed, mischievously eyeing up the glamorous crowd gathered in the 86-degree heat, no doubt providing plenty of inspiration for the writer, whose latest euphemistically titled book, “Mount”, was released last September.
Over 1,000 peonies decorated the enclosure, where nearly 450 people sat down to lunch at tables groaning under the weight of huge floral centerpieces of foxgloves, sweet peas and lupins, around which paper fans fluttered in the hands of guests including models Lara Stone, Lily Cole and Jessica Hart, designer Zoe Jordan, former athlete Victoria Pendleton,

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