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Polo princes: Harry beats William in charity match

Piaget team’s Facundo Pieres and Royal Salute team’s Prince William go head to head.

Piaget team’s Facundo Pieres and Royal Salute team’s Prince William go head to head. © Ian Tonks www.itonksphoto.com

Britain’s sporting princes Harry and William went head to head in a polo match on Sunday, with Prince Harry’s Piaget team winning 7 to 5.

A crowd of more than 2000 were treated to sensational match with some of the world’s best polo players for the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup, at Beaufort Polo Club, and sponsored by Goldin Group and its Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club.

Prince Harry for the Piaget side.

Prince Harry for the Piaget side. © Ian Tonks www.itonksphoto.com

The day culminated with the Piaget Team and world-class player, Facundo Pieres (of the Ellerstina Piaget and also a World Polo Ambassador for Royal Salute) leading his team, which also included female player Corinne Ricard, to a triumphant victory against the Royal Salute team and fellow Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick (member of the England team for more than 10 years).

Prince Harry and Prince William both took part in the game in aid of their chosen charities Household Cavalry Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal Fund, RFU Injured Players Foundation and Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.

Piaget’s UK Brand Director Lorenza Cavalli said the Swiss watchmaker and jeweller created the world’s first charity polo team – Chukkers for Charity, made up of movie stars – and on the brand’s 140th anniversary, wanted to honour the occasion by taking part in the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup.

Piaget has also sponsored the Piaget World Cup at West Palm Beach and created Chukkers for Charity, with the participants making a horse-back appearance down New York’s 5th Avenue.

It created the iconic Piaget Polo watch in 1979.

It is the fourth year whisky brand Royal Salute has sponsored the Charity Polo Cup. Global Brand Director Neil Macdonald said: “The power and grace of the game of polo, the skill of the players, integrity and honour are values which are also inherent to Royal Salute whisky.”

Prize Presentation at The Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup, L-R: Referee, Royal Salute team - Tommy Kato, Luis Escobar, Neil MacDonald, Global Brand Director, Royal Salute, Malcolm Borwick, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Mr. Pan Sutong, Chairman and CEO, The Goldin Group, Piaget team - Corinne Ricard, HRH Prince Henry of Wales, Lorenza Cavalli, UK Brand Director, Piaget, Facundo Pieres, John Fisher, and referee.

Prize Presentation at The Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup, L-R: Referee, Royal Salute team – Tommy Kato, Luis Escobar, Neil MacDonald, Global Brand Director, Royal Salute, Malcolm Borwick, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Mr. Pan Sutong, Chairman and CEO, The Goldin Group, Piaget team – Corinne Ricard, HRH Prince Henry of Wales, Lorenza Cavalli, UK Brand Director, Piaget, Facundo Pieres, John Fisher, and referee. © Ian Tonks and James Cheadle

Piaget:
1. Corinne Ricard (0)
2. HRH Prince Henry of Wales (1)
3. Facundo Pieres (10)
4. John Fisher (4)

Royal Salute:
1. Tommy Kato (-1)
2. Luis Escobar (7)
3. Malcolm Borwick (6)
4. HRH The Duke of Cambridge (1)

 

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