Prince William Celebrates Birthday Before Being Beaten by Brother Prince Harry at Polo
Royal birthday time! Prince William celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday, June 21. But after private celebrations with his family on the big day, the Duke of Cambridge wasn't getting any special treatment from his brother Prince Harry, 29, who beat him at a charity polo match the next day!
The handsome princes played on opposing sides on Sunday, June 22, during the June Goldin Group Charity Cup at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. And despite it being Prince William’s birthday weekend, Prince Harry's Piaget team was making no allowances.
The battle began at 3 p.m. local time, with both brothers appearing determined to win. But, for the second year in a row, youth won the day, and Prince Harry's team took the game with seven goals to Prince William’s Royal Salute team’s five and a half.
Not that it soured the birthday weekend. "Even though Harry won, both brothers seemed on really good form," an onlooker told Us Weekly after the event. "They were still chatting and laughing together after the match, I think Prince William took the defeat well.”
Prince William wasn't joined at the polo match by his wife, Kate Middleton, 32 and son, Prince George, 11 months, who had unexpectedly accompanied the British heir to his polo match the week before, as part of his first Father’s Day celebrations.
Instead, according to a royal source, the Prince had spent Saturday celebrating his birthday “privately” with his wife and son, out of the public eye.
And despite reports that the Prince’s birthday gift from the Queen was the lease of an £8 million helicopter, a Buckingham Palace spokesman has revealed that this is not correct.
The chopper—an Agusta A190s, built in 2008, with seven leather seats and Her Majesty's crest on the side—has in fact been leased for the use of many members of the Royal Family, not just the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.
"It will provide an alternative to chartering a number of different helicopters," the spokesman told Us, adding the lease represents good value for money.