The Queen’s Cup has been played at Guards Polo Club since 1945 under the patronage of HM The Queen. It is a renowned polo tournament and the final is also a popular social occasion.
What to expect at the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final
The event is one of the top five polo tournaments in the world and attracts the biggest names in the game and their impressive pony power. This 22-goal tournament runs for three weeks before the final. The itinerary for the day includes: 1pm lunch for all in hospitality and picnics commence; 3pm is when the Cartier Queen’s Cup begins; half time is when the famous ‘treading in of the divots’ takes place and the presentation is before Afternoon Tea.
The iconic players of the past that have been recognised for winning the Queen’s Cup are Eduado Moore, Carlos Gracida, Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres. You will also see the crème de la crème of both society and Hollywood. Stars in attendance over the years have included HRH Prince Harry, Joan Collins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Event hotspots and hospitality
The Royal Box and the Cartier Marquee are both by invitation only. Hospitality is also available in the Guards Polo Club Clubhouse. The Duke’s Pavilion is the most intimate venue available, set in a more private location with its own terrace overlooking The Duke’s Ground. To hire this venue you must be a member of Guards Polo Club.
Did you know
Guards Polo Club is closely associated with the British Royal Family. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has been President of the club since its formation on 25 January 1955 and Queen Elizabeth II is its patron.
The Queen’s Cup is a high goal tournament. There are typically 4 to 6 ‘chukkas’ in a polo match and each one lasts for 7 minutes of actual play. Polo is probably the only game in which the teams change ends when a goal is scored, thus equalling out any ground or weather advantage.
The first recorded game of polo occurred about 600 BC in North Persia from where it spread slowly East as far as China and Japan.
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This is probably the smartest polo fixture in the UK. Panama hats and summer dresses are preferred, although the dress code is technically smart/casual. In the clubhouse you can wear collared shirts with trousers, chinos or smart jeans. Smart shorts to the knee are allowed for men. Sandals are permitted for ladies only. No beach attire or rubber flip flops. In the Royal Box collared shirts and ties, lounge suits, jackets or blazers with trousers or chinos can be worn, along with dresses, skirts or tailored trousers. This is the same for Members/Formal lunches. All seating is uncovered so you should dress appropriately for the weather.
Guards Polo Club,Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Great Park, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0HP (SAT NAV SL5 0PT)
Private vehicles entering Windsor Great Park must display a valid vehicle pass. Passes can be bought on the day (at a cost of £20 per car). Sunningdale Station and Egham Station are close but require a taxi transfer. If you want to fly by helicopter permission to land must be gained. View location.