t last, some sporting joy for the Queen, who’s been self-isolating at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip since the beginning of lockdown.
The Cartier Queen’s Cup — the Champions League of the polo world — appeared to have fallen victim to the virus.
But I can disclose that the organisers’ determination to save the tournament, which is played at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, has paid off.
It’s a delightful prospect for the Queen, who by then would normally have long since decamped to Balmoral.
She presented the Queen’s Cup — as it then was — in its inaugural year, 1960. Prince Philip twice reached subsequent finals, while Prince Charles went one better, winning the cup in 1986.
What odds on there being a regal — if socially distanced — spectator at its 60th anniversary?
* The Cartier Queen’s Cup — the Champions League of the polo world — appeared to have fallen victim to the virus, but has now been rescheduled for the end of July. Pictured: Her Majesty with Laurent Feniou at the 2019 competition