Prince in the City

On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Governor's Island New York, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales displays his skills in Polo. It's the Manhattan Classic Polo Match sponsored by Veuve Clicquot Champagne and ladies and gentlemen from New York City have ferried in to watch the event. They sit picnicking on the sidelines, some setting up elaborate spreads and most wearing Spring appropriate attire and frilly hats.

Lady's in waiting get a good glimpse of the young, single Prince galloping by on his horse while rekindling their childhood memories of fairly tale dreams; but actually, they don't need to be rescued nor want to be bothered, they're New Yorkers! Prince Harry plays on the Sentebale team named after his charity whose mission is to transform the lives of orphans in Lesotho. On the opposing team Black Watch is Polo sensation Nacho Figueras. The match lasts for four chukkers, breaking for halftime when spectators enjoyed participating in the traditional divot stomp. The score tied with only a few minutes left in the match and Prince Harry sets up the winning point to win! Spectators cheering his victory!

On the way back to Manhattan, the Ferry is held-up by the water patrol, National Security, Secret Service, and machine gun holding swat as an announcement comes over the intercom stating the President was landing in his helicopter. The Prez and Mrs. Obama are in New York City for a hot date including dinner at Blue Hill restaurant then, taking-in the Tony nominated Broadway show Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Our tax dollars at work; God Bless America!

*For the Public: On Sunday June 27, 2010 The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic with Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras returns to Governors Island. New Yorkers are welcome to come out and enjoy the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at no cost! The west side of the playing field will feature bleachers for viewing of the match as well as Veuve Clicquot champagne bars and concessions by Danny Meyer's famed restaurant group, Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). The concessions will include USHG's renowned barbecue restaurant Blue Smoke as well as Box Frites and El Verano Taqueria, which will mark the first time the restaurant, founded by Tabla Chef Floyd Cardoz, will be featured outside of its home at Citi Field. Regular ferry service to Governors Island is free and available from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) in Lower Manhattan.

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