Prince Harry dazzles Greenwich crowd

Prince Harry stands triumphant with his polo team members as his goal was a difference maker in their 4-3 victory in the charity match — John Ferris Robben photo

Prince Harry stands triumphant with his polo team members as his goal was a difference maker in their 4-3 victory in the charity match — John Ferris Robben photo

UPDATED THURSDAY 1 P.M.— Greenwich got the true “royal treatment” on Wednesday when Prince Harry of Britain came to town to participate in a charity polo match and luncheon.

Before a packed crowd of awestruck onlookers and a throng of members of the media at the Greenwich Polo Club, Prince Harry’s team ended up victorious in the match by a four to three margin. And the prince wasn’t just a bystander to the action either. With his team down, he scored a tying goal, putting a fitting end to a weeklong visit to the United States that included appearances in New York City with Greenwich resident and New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Texiera and meeting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and touring areas of the state still damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The prince spoke briefly before the event and told the invitation-only crowd, “Thank you for a wonderful week. I have witnessed the extraordinary generosity of the people of this great nation.”

Prince Harry wasn’t just on hand to play a polo match though. He also was there for a luncheon before an exclusive crowd that included designers and supermodels as well as the Greenwich Board of Selectmen, who got their chance to walk the red carpet. Both the match and the luncheon benefited Sentebale, a charity formed in memory of his mother Princess Diana that benefits the poor and orphans in Africa who lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic there.

This wasn’t the first time the Greenwich Polo Club, which was founded by Greenwich resident Peter Brant, who attended the event with supermodel wife Stephanie Seymour, has hosted royalty. Last year, Torquhil Campbell, the Scottish Duke of Argyll attended the club’s season closing match and in 1987 the infamous Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson with her then husband Prince Andrew.

“It’s a great honor,” Mr. Brant said at the event. “It’s great for polo.”

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was at the scene to capture the event and collected more than 5,000 images of Prince Harry and all the action of the red carpet and the match itself. The best of his images are displayed above.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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