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Prince William kicks off series of charity polo matches he will take part in with Prince Harry

Throughout the Summer, the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex will be taking part in a series of polo matches all to raise funds for foundations close to their hearts.

Starting off the series, Prince William took part in the Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club today.
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Since 2007, the brothers have used polo matches as a way to raise money for a variety of causes and to date have brought in £11 million.

This year’s select charities are Centrepoint, Child Bereavement UK, English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Heads Together, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, The Royal Marsden, RFU, Injured Players Foundation, Sentebale, Skillforce, Tusk, WellChild, and Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.

Either Prince William or Prince Harry is Patron to all of the above charities.

As the Duke of Cambridge played in the Jerudong Trophy, his cousin, Zara Phillips, watched on. She is due with her second child anytime in the next few weeks and is already mother to four-year-old Mia Tindall.
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Prince Harry always attends the match along with his brother but was missing this time around leading some to believe he may be off on his honeymoon now after his nuptials last Saturday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delayed their honeymoon so they could attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The match is close to both Prince Harry and Prince William as it supports Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund which both are patrons of. It also raises awareness for Fields in Trust which the Duke of Cambridge is president.

The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund was set up after Henry, a close friend to Prince Harry from his time at Ludgrove School, died in 2002 in a car accident at only 18-years-old.

 

 

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