In a royal salute to the recent birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, Emirates has announced it will be dedicating the theme of its world renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival marquee this year to England.Celebrating 12 years as Principal Partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, Emirates will this year transform its marquee to a whole new level of luxury, taking guests on an unforgettable journey through England to herald its route network to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.
The Emirates marquee is no stranger to royalty having hosted British royal Zara Phillips the second-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. Princess Charlotte’s grandfather Prince Charles has also visited the Melbourne Cup Carnival twice, first in 1985with Princess Diana, and again in 2012 with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall who presented the Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy that year to the owners of Irish horse Green Moon.
Another royal regular to the Emirates marquee over the years was the late Freddie Fox, the Australian-born British milliner to the royal family, who designed more than 350 hats for the Queen over 35 years, as well as creations for Princess Diana, Princess Anne and The Queen Mother.
For Emirates, planning for the marquee starts months before the first horserace begins, and requires an extensive team to oversee the 12-week building project, with names already being discussed for its international guest.
Along with the Australian business leaders, politicians and celebrity A-listers on Emirates marquee guest list each year, we can also expect some English-born Australian ‘royalty’ to be added including Naomi Watts, Olivia Newton John, Sam Worthington and Guy Pearce.