Although a wonderful day of entertainment, philanthropy was at the heart of the occasion.
Through charity auctions and private patron pledges, more than $147,000 was raised for H.H. the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s India Head Injury Foundation and more than $555,000 for the Eve Branson Foundation has been raised. This year money is being raised for The Royal Foundation and Sentebale. The Royal Foundation, the charitable vehicle of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has programmes that currently revolve around four main themes of work: mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community. Meanwhile, Sentebale is a charity co-founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso that supports children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa to lead healthy, productive lives.
Artist Sacha Jafri created a special, one-off painting during the event, which includes the hand prints of a number of polo players including Adolfo Cambiaso and Nina Clarkin, which fetched £200,000 in the auction. Sacha is the pioneer of the Magical Realism style and has over the past 18 years raised $40m from the sale of his works for many worthy causes.