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Team Zacara beat Team Talandracas in a thrilling match at the Cartier Queen’s Cup

The biggest names in polo competed on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park for a chance to win the Cartier Queen’s Cup 2014.

One of the most prestigious and renowned events of the British sporting calendar – watched by HM The Queen; Arnaud M. Bamberger, Executive Chairman Cartier Ltd; and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director Cartier Ltd; alongside a strong crowd of polo aficionados – was played out on June 15, 2014. Before the match started, the Band of the Grenadier Guards paraded on the field in a figure 30 formation to commemorate Cartier’s three decades of sponsorship of polo at Guards Polo Club. The highlight of the day was the exhilarating play for the Queen’s Cup between Zacara and Talandracas. An impressive performance over the highly regarded Talandracas ensured that Zacara patron Lyndon Lea stepped forward to receive the trophy from HM The Queen. In fact, Zacara had an easier time than even they thought possible, winning the game 10-7 and dominating so fiercely during the first half of the match that they were up 6-2 by half-time.

The king of jewelers, Cartier, celebrated a long-standing tradition of supporting polo – the true sport of kings, the world over – for more than thirty years. Cartier UK is delighted to continue its involvement in the prestigious high-goal Queen’s Cup tournament. The tournament itself began on Tuesday, May 20th commencing three weeks of electrifying high-goal polo. This world-leading tournament concluded Sunday, June 15th historic final game played in the presence of HM The Queen. With fifteen teams entering this elite tournament, all expectations were exceeded.

To mirror the impressive talent on the field, Cartier invited guests ranging from stage and screen actors to professional athletes, as well as high society icons and literary scholars into the Cartier enclosure and welcomed them to an elegant receptio n with Cartier champagne and a lunch prepared by Mosimann’s.Guests enjoyed a first course of Dorset crab and poached lobster alongside a pickled cucumber, heritage tomato, and radish salad with dill dressing. The main course consisted of fillet of Angus beef accompanied by warm summer vegetables and Jersey royals with herb vinaigrette and horseradish cream. For dessert, guests had vanilla panna cotta with English strawberries and honeycomb, served with coffee and petit enclosure was transformed to celebrate Cartier’s 30 years of polo sponsorship with floral creations by John Carter. Tables were adorned with Cartier’s signature red: red dahlia, red antirrhinum, deep pink peonies, artichokes, red rose plants, and red gladioli. A stunning display of Cartier polo photographs spanning inside the marquee.