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William to compete in polo cup to raise money for causes including MND

It will be the 13th time the prince has played in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup, which is set to raise £1 million for charity.

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The Prince of Wales is to take part in a charity polo match on Friday.

Heir to the throne William will compete in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup 2024 at Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park.

The event will raise money for causes which William and the Princess of Wales are passionate about supporting, Kensington Palace said.

The Prince and Princess of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
The match will raise money for causes supported by the Prince and Princess of Wales (Gareth Fuller/PA)

“This year the event is set to take the total amount raised to more than £13,000,000 for well-deserving causes that the prince and princess are passionate about,” Kensington Palace said.

Eleven charities and organisations will benefit including the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The Prince of Wales meeting Rob Burrow
William presenting Rob Burrow with his CBE medal (Phil Noble/PA)

The prince, who surprised Burrow and team-mate Kevin Sinfield by presenting them with their CBEs in January, said Burrow had a “huge heart”, adding: “He taught us, ‘in a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream’.”

Thousands of people lined the streets on Sunday to pay their respects to the former Leeds Rhinos star at his private funeral service.

Richard Evans, the MND Association’s director of engagement, welcomed being selected by the prince and princess as one of their chosen charities.

“The MND Association is honoured to have been chosen by their Royal Highnesses as one of the beneficiaries of this annual event and I am very much looking forward to representing the MND community on the day,” he said.

“With the Prince of Wales making a special mention of Rob Burrow CBE, it is fitting that on the same day as the polo cup takes place raising money for the cause he was passionate about, representatives of the association will be among the many people remembering our patron Rob at a special civic service being hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds.”

Other causes to benefit are Wales Air Ambulance, Mountain Rescue England & Wales, SHOUT, Child Bereavement UK, Royal African Society, Place2Be, Action for Children, The Blackthorn Rally, HMS Oardacious Fund and The Royal Marsden.

The Prince and Princess of Wales kiss
The Prince and Princess of Wales kiss after last year’s year’s polo match (Andrew Matthews/PA)

In a statement the day before, the princess revealed she was making good progress, but was “not out of the woods yet” and had “good days and bad days” as she continued her treatment.

Last year, Kate attended the charity polo cup, presenting her husband with a trophy and greeting him with a kiss.

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