LONDON — It rained so hard here Sunday morning that guests dubbed the event the Cartier International Water Polo, and flocked to the refuge of a big, white tent to down Bellinis and Pimm’s. Despite the downpour — and the dearth of cheering fans — Prince Harry led the Prince of Wales team to an 8-4 victory over Hurlingham during the soggy morning match at Windsor Great Park.
After his victory, the Prince joined fellow guests Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Sienna Miller, Bianca Jagger, Matthew Williamson, Victoria Hervey, Sabrina Guinness, the Duke of Marlborough, Charles and Janet March, Mark Shand, Caprice, Martine McCutcheon, Tamara Czartoryski-Borbon and Anouska de Georgiou for a surf-and-turf lunch. And, because it’s an English summer, blazing sunshine broke through later on in the afternoon as spectators watched Australia beat England 8-7 in an edge-of-your-seat match.
Over in the Royal Box, entertainment manager Charles Finch taught Blanchett, McCutcheon and Jagger the rules of the game.
“I actually know the rules,” said Huston with a sly smile. “I’m a good Irish girl — and I like brave boys.” Williamson wasn’t as experienced and admitted it was his first time watching polo. “I was a polo virgin, but now I’m converted,” he said. “I don’t know what went on — except that England lost — but it was so much fun anyway.”
One spectator in the Royal Box wasn’t paying any attention to the horses. Instead, Dashiell John Upton, Blanchett’s toddler son, asked his mummy whether Queen Elizabeth II, who was sitting in the same box, was wearing a crown under her hat. The Queen never did tell.