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Prince Harry saddles up for charity polo match in Palm Beach

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Prince Harry didn't let the rain dampen his spirits as he rode out onto the field for a charity polo match in Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday evening. Despite the thunder and lightning, over 300 guests attended the exclusive event to watch Harry take part in the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which was held in aid of Sentebale, the charity Harry co-founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help children suffering with the effects of HIV and AIDS.

Fronting the Sentebale ISPS Handa team, Harry, 31, participated in a round-robin match against two other teams, Royal Salute headed by Nacho Figueras and Valiente captained by Nic Roldan. The British royal and his team were crowned the eventual winners of the closely fought competition, and were presented with a trophy by guest of honour, His Grace Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll.


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Prince Harry didn't let the rain dampen his spirits

Following the event, guests were then invited to attend an official dinner, held in the spectacular stables of the Valiente Polo Farm, where Prince Harry gave an impassioned speech about his charity.


"The Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho which we opened last year, would not have been built without the generosity of Sentebale and its partners. Particularly the Sentebale Polo Cup," he said. "This year we will expand our camp programme into Botswana, a country I have been visiting regularly for almost two decades and genuinely feel I need to give as much back as I can."

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The British royal led his team to victory in the closely fought competition

Sentebale was set up by Harry and Prince Seeiso ten years ago, in memory of their mothers. The charity's name translates as "forget me not" in Sesotho, the local language spoken in Lesotho.

Harry most recently visited the landlocked nation in November 2015, when he attended the opening of the Mamohato Children's Centre. The purpose-built facility supports the charity's work with vulnerable children and specifically hosts camps delivering psychosocial support to 1,500 HIV-positive young people each year.

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The polo tournament is held to raise money for Sentebale

Harry named one of the rooms in the facility after his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and another after his late nanny Olga Powell, who cared for him and his brother Prince William for 15 years.

This is the sixth year in a row that the annual Sentebale polo tournament has been held. Harry suggested the event as a means of fundraising for his charity, and since its launch, it has raised more than £3.5 million.

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