24 JULY 2006

Given that he is in training to become an Army tank commander, it was small surprise to see Prince Harry riding high in the saddle despite torrential downpours at the weekend. The young royal's girlfriend Chelsy Davy took refuge under an umbrella with his father Prince Charles as they watched him strut his stuff on the polo field on Saturday.

The South African student, who is currently enjoying a summer break with her Prince, got a taste of just how changeable the British weather can be when she went along to Cirencester Park Polo Club for the fixture. Harry's friends seemed more than happy to help her keep dry while her sport-loving beau was galloping through the driving rain, however.

The following day a roll-call of celebs enjoyed a day at the polo in rather more clement conditions when the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup final took place in Cowdray Park. Singer Louise Redknapp and actor Max Beesley were both watching from the sidelines on Sunday afternoon, though former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite opted to cuddle up with new husband Tom Ellis in the hospitality tent instead.

Among the other famous faces in attendance was silver screen favourite Ray Winstone. The Hackney-born actor, who is best known for playing tough working class characters, confessed he was more interested in the social side of things than the game itself. "It ain't for me," he said when asked if he'd ever though of getting involved with the sport. "You've got to own seven horses - it's not really where I'm from."

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Chelsy and Charles were making good use of their umbrellas, though Harry didn't seem the least bit bothered by the downpourPhoto: © EMPICSClick on photos for gallery
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The South African student meets a young polo fan on the sidelinesPhoto: © Getty Images
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