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Saddle up: Prince William and Harry kick off a summer of charitable polo matches

This weekend marks the start of a series of polo matches Princes William and Harry will play in to raise money for the 17 organisations they support and patron. Since 2007, the royal brothers have raised over £9.5 million and they hope to exceed the £10 million mark this summer.

Last year, they participated in eight matches, raising £800,000 for their charities. They hope to bring in funds equal to that this year. One such polo tournament that brings in the funds is the Sentebale Polo Cup which Prince Harry won earlier this month in Florida.

Kicking things off will be the private Audi Polo Challenge held this weekend at Coworth Park in Berkshire. Money raised from this match will be donated to Sentebale, Tusk, The Royal Marsden and WellChild. Last year, this tournament brought out several famous faces including Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth, Clive Owen and Samuel L Jackson, who came out to show their support and to see the expert players in action.

William and Harry will participate in other tournaments throughout the summer to raise money for their other charities , some of which include: Child Bereavement, Centrepoint, England and Wales Mountain Rescue, Walking with the Wounded, and the Henry van Straunbenzee memorial Trust ‘– established in memory of their late friend.’

One such tournament they took part in last June saw the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George come out to show their support. They attended the Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. Royal watchers are hoping the Duchess will come out this summer with both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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