5 things you might have missed at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
All the king's horses
What happens when royalty graces your shores? Prince Harry was in town last week for a short charity visit, where he joined an Action for AIDS event at Eden Hall, broke fast with the Muslim community at Jamiyah Children's Home, and played at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. The match was held to raise money for Sentebale, a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to provide thousands of children and young people affected by HIV and AIDS with access to care, education, and psychosocial support. It was a lively, star-studded affair that had all guests in nail-biting suspense as the A-list crew made their entrance, and as Prince Harry and the rest of the team took to the field. If you didn't get an invite, just fake it till you make it — here's a summary of what went on during the polo event.
1. Car of the day: All hail BMW
BMW, the official car partner for Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, rolled out a fleet of 40 cars, which includes the BMW 7 Series, the BMW M760Li x Drive and a range of other models to shuttle VIP attendees throughout the duration of the event. The car procession also led in the teams during the official march to kick off the match.
2. A total of two royal goals
All eyes were peeled on Prince Harry, as he led his team to a well-deserved victory with two goals during the 45-minute match against another event sponsor, St. Regis. It might have been a scorcher of a day, but that didn't stop the crowd from peering through their binoculars or iPhone screens to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry in action. The final score was 5-2 to Sentebale.
3. Prince Harry was presented with a lifetime membership at the Singapore Polo Club
When your father and grandfather have played at the Singapore Polo Club, in 1974 and 1965 respectively, it only makes sense that you get presented a lifetime membership to the world's second-oldest polo club. We only hope this means we'll see you more often, Prince Harry.
4. Gemma Chan, Karen Gillan, and Joanne Froggatt were in the crowd
Talk about a star-studded affair — Gemma Chan, part of the cast of Crazy Rich Asians, Karen Gillan of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey were all at the Singapore Polo Club last Monday. Did they get any attention or fanfare? Not a chance, when a member of the royal family is within earshot.
5. A minute's silence for the London terror attacks
After the national anthems of Singapore and the United Kingdom, the crowd observed a minute's silence for the victims of the recent London terror attacks in the Southwark district. It was only right to remember those who had passed just two days before. The whistle blew, and the match began.