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Princes play polo for flood aid
Prince William
Prince William had a dramatic fall but was not injured
Princes William and Harry have helped raise 40,000 for survivors of the Asian tsunami disaster by playing in a charity polo match.

The money will go to the tsunami earthquake appeal, funding reconstruction in some of the areas worst hit by the 26 December wave.

During the match at Birdlip, Gloucestershire, Prince William fell from his horse but was not injured.

The princes played on opposing sides of the match, with Harry's team winning.

Prince Harry scored the first goal of the match and played an aggressive game, taking plenty of long shots at goal.

Prince William also got into the thick of the action, at one point falling from his horse.

Prince Harry's teammate, Matt Cudmore, 17, said: "It was just a bit of a slip and he was fine.

"We had a bit of a joke about it and he got back on."

The final score was 12:7.

Prince William, who came down from university in St Andrew's to take part at Longdole Polo Club, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be here and we've had great fun.

"This is a very worthwhile cause and we are just pleased we can do something to help."

Prince William and Harry
The princes competed against each other during the match

The princes' polo manager, Robert Ffrench Blake, said the idea of a charity polo match was "dreamt up by the princes and the grooms back in January.

"It means a lot to them and they have taken great pride in doing it.

"They wanted to follow the example of their father in raising money through polo matches.

"Of course we all recognise that the relief appeal is now closed but there is all sorts of reconstruction work still to be done and this money will go towards that," he added.

In January William and Harry gave their support to the tsunami appeal by spending five hours shifting emergency hygiene packs for the Maldives with the Red Cross, in a warehouse in Warmley, Gloucestershire.


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