Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Grand Duke Boris wins polo match

August 21, 1902

Grand Duke Boris, a cousin of Nicholas II, "invaded the extensive precincts of Lake Forest and Onwenstia" earlier today, where he "took luncheon," played polo, and "witnessed the maneuvers of two companies of cavalry," according to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

The Grand Duke's team won the polo match.  This evening he was "escorted by the soldiers to the Marine hotel in Highland Park," where he dined.

Although he is not a "novice on the polo pony," the Grand Duke pleaded that he had not played in more than a year, and was "sadly out of practice."

Grand Duke Boris is the son of Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Marie of Russia. 

1 comment:

phoebes in santa fe said...

That's probably the "Moraine Hotel", a lake-front hotel in Highland Park. I was raised and lived in HP until five years ago, and have fleeting memories of the hotel until it was torn down and turned into a waterside park in the 1960's or so.