Prince Harry recently visited the Ghantoot Polo & Racing Club when he took part in the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo in Abu Dhabi on 20 November 2014. Royal Salute Polo Ambassador and former England Captain Malcolm Borwick played for the 3rd time alongside Prince Harry, who was awarded as the Most Valuable Player. The Sentebale Huntsman team took home the trophy, which was presented by English actress and former model Sienna Guillory, with a victory of 5-4 over the St Regis Team.
This year’s Polo Cup, the 4th consecutive partnership for Sentebale and Royal Salute, again drew a high profile crowd who travelled from all over the world. Distinguished guests who gathered at the renowned Ghantoot Polo & Racing Club to watch exhibition polo at its finest included Royal Salute representative His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, former Downtown Abbey actor Dan Stevens and English actress and former model Sienna Guillory.
Other guests included Sir Jackie Stewart, newly engaged couple Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner, Lina and Bassam Samman, and former Miss Australia Jessica Kahawaty.
Speaking of his work for Sentebale, during the dinner speech Prince Harry commented: “The money raised this evening will go towards teaching many more HIV-positive young people how to live with the virus. Work on the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Thaba Basu, Lesotho, is well underway. The Centre is due to be complete next year and will enable us to reach 4 times more children than we are currently able to.”
Malcolm Borwick, Captain of the Sentebale Huntsman Team and Royal Salute Ambassador commented: “It is a privilege to play polo in support of Sentebale; a charity that is helping the lives of the children of Lesotho. It has been a great honour to play at the renowned Ghantoot Polo & Racing Club in Abu Dhabi, alongside many friends of mine. Royal Salute have continued to support polo on a global scale through the Royal Salute World Polo Series and special events alongside causes like this. It is great to see what the brand is doing to raise the profile of the sport.”
Neil Macdonald, Brand Director, Royal Salute commented: “Royal Salute is honoured to be partnering with Sentebale for the 4th year, and to see Sentebale Huntsman take the title. Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo through its Royal Salute World Polo platform, hosting prestigious events across Asia, the Americas and Europe, featuring some of the world’s best polo players. We are thrilled to be in Abu Dhabi supporting such a noble charity.”
Royal Salute has a global programme of polo sponsorship spanning 4 continents. The whisky’s involvement with polo is founded on the game’s incredible power and grace; Royal Salute’s signature style is the combination of power and grace – a style developed and carried on by the legacy of Colin Scott and the 3 Master Blenders who preceded him since 1953. Power and grace not only defines the elegance, richness and complexity of Royal Salute whiskies, but also the character of the brand demonstrated by its support of the sport of polo.