The Prince of Wales Polo Cup, named in honor of the then-Prince Edward of Wales, dates back to the early 20th century. During a royal tour of Africa in 1925, Prince Edward played in and donated a polo Cup to the South African tournament, now one of the premier polo tournaments on the South African Polo calendar.
In 1925, His Royal Highness Prince Edward of Wales embarked on the fourth of his Empire Tours to West Africa and South Africa, where the Prince played in a series of polo matches. His Highness donated the Prince of Wales Polo Cup to the tournament, which now bears his name.
Originally played in KwaZulu-Natal, the Cup moved to Johannesburg in 2014 and typically plays the last weekend of August every year. In 2017, the competition transitioned to a pan-African one, with the South Africa team taking on the Kenya team.
The theme for the 110th Prince of Wales Polo Cup—Past, Present, Future—honors its heritage from Prince Edward while celebrating the present as Africa’s grandest polo tournment, and pointing to a new direction as a pan-African polo tournament.
The editorial campaign Polo African Style was the vision of Johannesburg-born photographer Themba Mbuyisa, 2015 National Award Winner by World Photography Organisation, who’s quickly rising to fame.