Princes William and Harry came head to head in a friendly game of polo on Sunday.
The royal brothers, who are both experienced polo players and have been practising since a young age, delighted crowds when they arrived at the Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire.
William, 31, and Harry, 29, were taking part in the De Beers Diamond Jewellers Royal Charity Polo Cup, in a bid to raise money for their chosen charities. Entering into the competitive spirit, the Duke of Cambridge led one team and battled it out on the field against his younger brother Harry.
Princes William and Harry competed against each other at the weekend polo match
Dressed in a black De Beers polo shirt and white trousers, William captained the Baku Guards team and was joined by professionals Simon Holland, Lyndon Lea and world number one player Facundo Pieres.
This was the Baku Guards” first year playing as a team and its patron Nasib Piriev said it was “[their] utmost privilege to have Prince William playing for [them] on this special occasion.”
Harry, meanwhile, headed the King Power Team made up of 10 Goal professional Gonzalito Pieres, Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha and Talapichet “Ton” Srivaddhanaprabha.
Princes William and Harry are both experienced polo players
Around 300 guests watched from the sides and cheered on the royal brothers, but William and Harry showed they were on an equal playing level as the game came to a draw of 6-6.
The duo, who often play in matches to support charities close to their heart, would “most definitely” be able to play for England had they chosen to devote more time to the sport, Luke Tomlinson, captain of England polo quartet, told The Telegraph.
“Both their Royal Highnesses are excellent sports people and very good polo players, naturally,” said Luke.
The royal brothers playing at a charity polo game in 2012
After the match, William and Harry joined the spectators in a lavish dinner at the polo club. Guests were invited to take part in auctions to raise money for the siblings” charities including HALO, ESSA, England and Wales Mountain Rescue and Walking With The Wounded.
The organisations were no doubt honoured to be supported by William and Harry. Ed Parker, co-founder of Walking With The Wounded, recently spoke to ! Online about Harry”s involvement with his charity, which helps injured military personnel find employment after their service.
“Having Harry is the difference between us being where we are now and where we would be otherwise, which I think would be significantly smaller,” Ed told ! Online. “He”s a soldier himself and he”s got firsthand experience on what these men and women have been through.
“Of course he is quite special, but after you get away from the bright lights and the flashing camera bulbs he”s an ordinary guy.”