The Coronation Cup

On Saturday Emma (Harry’s girlfriend, which sort of makes her my Outlaw-Sister) and I escaped London.

While everyone else slept soundly, we slipped into a car and out towards Windsor.

All the way to The Guard’s Polo Club for The Royal Salute Coronation Cup.

There’s just nothing like that first glimpse of countryside after a little while in the city…

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We had expected to go right to the stands to watch the match, so were mildly alarmed when we were abandoned in a field flanked by riderless ponies.

It soon became clear that we were not here to spectate, we were here to play!

But if you think The Guards let Londoners loose on ponies, while swinging large sticks, you must be crazy!

First, you start on a practice horse.

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I named mine Blue Beauty, and he was a real goer.

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The boys gave us pointers and off we went.

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Swinging away!

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Essentially playing fetch, with the rather fetching instructors.

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Finally, everyone who had received the “you’re having a polo lesson so dress accordingly” memo were invited to jump into a saddle.

Emma and I were told to sit out and watch.

There was no way that was going to happen.

Before anyone could stop us, we hopped on up and were raring to go!

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I’ll leave you to decide what he was telling me here ^.

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Instructions were bellowed and off we raced!

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At, admittedly, quite a leisurely pace.

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We headed off on our own tangent, with a ball and a stick each.

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The sensation of chasing a ball and controlling a pony is much like patting your head and rubbing your tummy, while jogging.

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Though significantly more satisfying, and a little addictive.

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We only got up to a gentle trot, can you imagine playing at full speed while other players ride into you?

It’s safe to say we climbed down with a whole new appreciation for the game!

We waddled back over the wildflower meadow.

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Attempted to tame our hair, slipped our heels back on, patted down our dresses and poured ourselves into our new rides.

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Rolling to the game in old school luxury.

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Finally arriving at the polo match, just in time for the sunshine!

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Blue checked dress (I know, it’s a bargain and I knew you’d be pleased!)

It has petticoats sewn in to give the wonderful Betty Draper shape, and a bow at the back which you can tie as tight or as loose as you please.

I’ve popped a couple of their other vintage styles below.

Red shoes // Straw boater // Blue tote

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We made our way through the little woodland, and into the Royal Salute Secret Garden.

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Followed by our instructors…

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Here we found deck chairs, cashmere blankets, and hampers with our names written on their luggage tags.

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We all oooh’d ahh’d clapped and made ourselves very much at home!

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Before finding our picnic baskets and getting stuck into some hard earned lunch!

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The guests mixed and chatted, and we all turned to watch the brass band march by.

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Before getting back to our mingling.

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The horns sounded, Prince Charles took his seat, the national anthem was belted out by all, and it was time for the games to begin!

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The best of England vs The best of South America.

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With a new, and rather fresh, understanding of the game, the skills and the rules, Emma and I watched with baited breath.

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Gasping and grabbing onto each other as players raced by, trying to kill each other, in the most gentlemanly way possible of course.

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After one hell of a match, England were victorious.

We could recover from sitting on the very edge of our seats, and go back to The Garden for some R’n’R.

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And just a little bit of a snooze.

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It does take it out of you all this horsing around!

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  • Jeannie C

    Such marvellous greenery! And those fruits!

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  • This has without a doubt made me miss watching the polo. If only we watched the matches in such style! Have a fab week Rosie!
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    • Rosie

      You can’t beat a good day at the polo Poppy! No matter where you watch it from! 😉 xx

  • Looks like an amazing day!!! I love those perfect little hampers with everything prepared inside it, a bloggers dream! http://www.newgirlontheblog.me

    • Rosie

      Me too! Such a lovely idea x

  • Gabriella Granata

    What a lovely day! Those polo-goers are a stylish bunch!

    You’re outfit is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing as always 🙂 xx

    http://www.GabriellaManchester.me

    • Rosie

      Thanks G! x

  • The polo looks so much fun and getting to try it out before hand is a great way to appreciate the game more! Love both of your dresses, so classic!

    Lauren x

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  • Abbie Tanner

    Wow, looks like such a fun day! xx

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  • sarah.gouin

    What a wonderful day!

    • Rosie

      So lovely! We felt very lucky indeed. Slightly less so today as I can barely sit down with these stiff muscles!

  • Heather

    this looks like so much fun! Love those picnic baskets & the polo lessons!

  • Leila Gunn

    Very jealous – I’ve always wanted to watch/play polo! Picnic looks amazing as always.

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    • Rosie

      One for the to-do list for sure Leila! x

  • What an amazing set up! I would love to attend something like this, it’s so unique and beautiful!

    Casey
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  • I have been looking for a lace dress to wear to the Newbury Races in a couple of weeks time. The ChicWish one Emma is wearing is perfect. Thanks Rosie!

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    • Rosie

      Perfect timing, Daisy! x

  • Beautiful event!!!

  • Rosie

    I could happily make my way through it all over again, right now!

  • Rosie

    Thanks Angie! x

  • Rosie

    Ours were borrowed from a couple of players, if only we’d been so well organised! x

  • Rosie

    Thanks Tessa, me too! I’m wearing them everywhere! x

  • Rosie

    It does seem to be more of a British pasttime, you’ll just have to come visit Camille! x

  • Rosie

    You wouldn’t believe how stiff I am today Courtney! Every muscle is on fire!

  • Rosie

    We played a great game of ponyless polo! Maybe you could give that a go and get your eye in?! x

  • Rosie

    Lucky I didn’t include the hog-roast then, Jo! x

  • Looks like so much fun — I haven’t been on a horse in ages. You make it look much more luxurious than my previous experiences ;-).

  • Kate

    What a fun day! Everything looked so divine!

    Kate

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  • Andrea

    I´ve always wanted to go to a polo match but, right know I think I´d much rather go to a polo class! It looks like an incredible day Rosie!

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  • I was at the match too! Wasn’t it incredible!? I’m making it a regular hobby from now on, all be it an expensive one!

  • So lovely to see that you enjoyed learning and watching polo!! You should come out more often. Polo is my absolute favorite thing to watch and play (and spend hours reading and writing about it). Check out some of my polo adventures on my blog http://www.polopeopleplaces.com

  • Now that looks like my kinda fun! How was it riding with no shoes….ouch?

  • How fun!!! xo

  • mariel

    looks so lovely and very British 😀 what a lovely set up for the match too 🙂 x

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  • I’ve never watched a polo match before, it looks such fun! Looks like you were treated to a fabulous day & oh that picnic looked amazing!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Maireem Maneje

    Seems like so much fun! Love the outfit. It is very country 🙂

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  • Ahhh This sounds like such a dreamy day! This is definitely going on my list of favorite posts! Picnics, flowers, horses and pretty dresses are what dreams are made of!

    X Anna sincerelyyoursanna.com

  • What a wonderful day, I love riding and would love to try out a touch of polo for fun. Looks like a lovely time you had Rosie x
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  • Breathtaking pictures as always!

    Anna

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  • Looks amazing! I wish I was there for the cute boys and amazing food! 😉

    Heba xx || The Heba

  • What a perfect day! Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  • Beth Schofield

    Looks wonderful! Laughing so much at the ‘I’ll leave it to you to decide what he was telling me’ caption – anything veering on dirty humour and I’m far too easily amused! x

    P.S. I’ve recently started a blog! Early days but very excited.
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  • TheGivingBride

    I love polo but sadly I’ve only been a spectator! I’d love to try it some time.

  • Kari Guastella

    I am epically jealous! What an incredible experience! I’d love to be able to go sometime.
    Kari
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  • I love driving through Windsor. I always feel incredibly posh. I’ve never watched a game of polo before. It looks like great fun.

    Katie x

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  • Madelaine

    Wow. The brits definitely know how to picnic…almost looking posh! WWW. Jetset-diaries.com

  • Kate

    What an amazing day out! You both look beautiful. x

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  • Adore your photos! Dying to try polo myself!
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  • Looks amazing!!!love your shoes..
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  • I absolutely love and appreciate the amount of pictures you share! I always feel like I’m going on a new journey when looking through your posts and pictures! Looks like so much fun!!!

    xO Kristen
    currentlyonline.blogpsot.com

  • Emma and Emily

    Looks absolutely gorgeous! Dreaming of an afternoon picnic filled with strawberries!

    Emily x
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  • Just divine!

  • Ashlee

    This dress is beautiful!! Looks like so much fun!

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  • Ah, this seems like an absolutely perfect day! I must say, I am rather jealous of those picnic baskets!

  • Looks amazing Rosie!!
    Steph x
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  • mollie

    The shoes are the prettiest thing I’ve seen. x

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  • Horses are just my worst phobia in the world ! but the second part looked nice and sunny!

    x

    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • That dress is so dreamy, I’m considering stealing it for Jersey’s Ladies Day at the Races in a few weeks time! Totally in love with picnic baskets at the moment too, they are just the cutest thing! Looks like a fabulous day out Rosie! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • That looks like such a dreamy day out! I can imagine your description of playing polo to be very much on point! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • Sebastian Fogg

    Congrts from Argentina

  • Looks so lovely! Especially the fruit!

    I’m sure you had an absolutely great time

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  • Harri

    What an amazing day! It all looks lovely, but I think I fell in Love with the bearded man Emma is speaking to!

  • I wish my picnics looked as fabulous as this. xx

  • That looks like so much fun! – Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com

  • The hampers were such a lovely touch!
    Looks like a beautiful day xo

  • emi

    this is the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen!!! what a dream!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  • I just stumbled upon your blog, but this sounds like an absolutely incredible experience!

  • What a gorgeous day! Love the classic picnic baskets and blankets. Gorgeous dress too I haven’t bought anything from Choies or Chicwish but they have some fab pieces!

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  • My day wasn’t quite as glamorous as yours, but we still had a brill time!

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  • This is beautiful!