On Friday I ran into Prince Harry.
No these aren’t the deluded ramblings of a fatigued mind after spending too long wandering the carpeted aisles of International Jewellery London (IJL) last week.
On Friday I was lucky enough to be the guest of luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polo Cup, which took place in the scenic setting of Coworth Park in Royal Berkshire.
I had never been to a polo match before but had heard talk of chuckers, divot stomping and tales of Argentinian polo players wearing their jodhpurs particularly well. Expectations were high and I wasn’t disappointed.
After battling with Friday afternoon traffic we arrived to an impressive display of equestrian excellence accompanied by a few glasses of Perrier Jouet bubbly and some delicious canapés.
Following the match, we headed to the main marquee where we were treated to a sumptuous three-course dinner, catered by The Dorchester Collection.
Although the event was certainly fun, there was a serious purpose to it all and that was supporting the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund (JWSMF), a foundation set up by the parents of James Wentworth-Stanley. At just 21 years old, James committed suicide a week after undergoing minor surgery due to severe depression. JWSMF aims to raise awareness about anxiety, depression and potential suicide among young people.
Guests at dinner were more than generous at an auction, in which donations from Jaeger-LeCoultre, The Dorchester Collection and Perrier Jouet, saw plenty of funds raised towards the good cause.
At IJL I was struck by the number of brands embracing the opportunity to produce ethical pieces and my visit to the polo was just another example of how jewellery and watch brands are doing their bit to make the world a better place and, if you can make it fun along the way, then why not?
And yes, Price Harry was one of a number of famous faces at the polo. I think I’m getting the hang of this name-dropping thing.