NEW YORK - MAY 30: Prince Harry plays in the 2009 Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governors Island on May 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
"The sport of kings" has brought at least one royal to New York City this summer: Prince Harry will be in New York City to once again attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors' Island on June 27th.
Polo is played on horseback; teams of four try to score goals by hitting the ball into the opponents' goal using long-handled mallets.
The most anticipated match is between Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras, captain of international polo team Back Watch.
"The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is the revival of what polo used to be in the 20s and 30s; the real history and glamour of polo in New York City," said Figueras, who is also the face of Ralph Lauren fragrances, in an interview with Veuve Clicquot.
Tickets, including the option to purchase "premium placement in the VIP Marquee and an exclusive champagne luncheon" are available on the Veuve Cliquot official website.
Don't think you can just casually show up, though. At the event, "classic polo style is requested," which means "Gentlemen are kindly requested to wear a summer suit and ladies their most daring hat!"
The Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic website includes a page entitled "Polo Style Tips," with several sections devoted to women's hats. "Remember," the wbsite urges when dressing for the Classic, "Hat first; outfit second."
The polo tournament benefits the American Friends of Sentebale, a charitable organization to assist Lesothan children founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.
"We are delighted that the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will once again be supporting the American Friends of Sentebale and our work with the most vulnerable children in Lesotho," Sentebale CEO Kedge Martin said in a press release.
"Every day, at least 100 more children in this beautiful country have their lives devastated by the loss of a parent - having to drop out of school to become caretakers of their relatives, getting exposed to abuse, vulnerable to exploitation - the utter devastation of their childhood. Iconic events such as this are crucial to raising awareness and supporting our mission to make a real difference in the lives of the most needy children."