“Tea in the afternoon is just the most perfect thing”
“Oh it’s sublime. I don’t know why other countries aren’t obsessed with it”
(Overheard by Muse For Fashion during afternoon tea in an Earl Grey break from the polo action)
The annual jolly hockey sticks and A-list fame festival that is the Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo took place with natural English garden party aplomb on Sunday 16th June 2013 at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor. Muse For Fashion was there to get the neighs and the whinnies from the country’s upper crust.
There was, par for the course, a standard dose of British royalty in attendance as the Queen and Princess Beatrice both made their usual appearances. The former was fleetingly sighted in a seasonal-appropriate rich, berry pink coloured coat and hat ensemble congratulating the winners of the final. In contrast Princess “Queen Bea” Beatrice trotted around for rather longer, engaging in some heavy mingling in the VIP enclosure with fellow doting aristos, and managed to sneak in some loved up time with her suave blonde boyfriend, Dave Clark. Despite the popular habit of the press to criticise the image of Fergie’s eldest, whether it be her bikini body or adventurous headgear, Beatrice on this occasion was the sartorial thoroughbred for her all-weather, polo event appropriate outfit . In a cream blouse with pale pink edging, tucked into a blue-green statement printed skirt, she flattered further her already very slim figure. Accessories included a pair of on-trend, leg-lengthening nude heels, and an expensive looking blow dry for that famous red mane.
Representing wider European royalty was ‘It Princess’ of the moment, Charlotte Casiraghi, fresh from several Gucci campaigns and her own equestrian pursuits. The professional show-jumper, fourth in line to the Monaco throne and granddaughter of Grace Kelly looked decidedly chic and regal in a practical but smart stone trench coat, grey shift dress and elegant up-do.
Charlotte Casiraghi Princess Beatrice
The acting industry dominated the VIP tent as a three course lunch was soon served. Actresses Thandie Newton and Sharon Stone were guests of honour at the head table, although both fared very differently in the style stakes. Newton wins hooves down in the best dressed lists for her ultra feminine Temperly dress and ivory pea coat combination. However Stone’s decision to turn up in a catastrophic argyle patterned jumper, awkwardly matched midi skirt and masculine panama hat makes one wonder whether the American thought she was actually going to the golf.
The Cartier Polo unlike Polo in the Park et al is less commercial and celebrity-infused, priding itself on being too sophisticatedly pearled and boucled for any serious fashion. However newbie actresses, Celine Buckens (War Horse) and Claire Foy upped the chic with on-trend choices. Buckens chose to channel Spring/ Summer 2013 Balenciaga and Stella McCartney by warding off the chill in a navy silk bomber jacket over her A-line printed shift dress. Foy cleverly offsetted the sobriety of her sharp black trouser suit (reminiscent of Autumn/ Winter 2012 Prada and Preen) with a statement blouse, clutch and heels. The Spanish actress and granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, Oona, inserted some visual fun to proceedings with her summery dress and hair accessories. The adored object of all women within a ten metre parameter was Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl fame who won more female fans as he spent the entire event attentively looking after his elderly grandfather.
Thandie Newton Sharon Stone
Celine Buckens Claire Foy
Society regulars and other stalwarts of British show business likewise did the social rounds with cursory glances at the polo itself. Champagne flowed and royal box invites were proudly displayed as the singers, real life Barbie Katherine Jenkins and newly brunette Duffy posed for photographers.
It was a day of couples, canoodling and arm linking as television presenters Martin Lewis and Ben Fogle showed off their pretty blonde wives and the executive chairman of Cartier, Arnaud Bamberger and his wife, who hosted the event, were spotted checking name card positions sweetly together before dinner service.
Indeed, as you would expect from the Queen’s Cup the day ran with diamond-cut precision, caked in tradition and old school glamour…until society girl, blogger and former WAG Saskia Boxford’s adorable toddler began removing the precisely placed purple fan decorations from the laid tables, causing a ruckus that yummy mummy Boxford in printed trousers and yellow stilettos teetered around desperately attempting to rectify. Even Cartier cannot escape.
Katherine Jenkins and Arnaud Bamberger
Ben Fogle and Wife
Saskia Boxford and Son