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William and Harry back in the polo saddle for charity

Prince William and Prince Harry were back at the polo pitch today, playing a charity match in Coworth Park near Ascot in Berkshire.

Prince William and Prince Harry play polo. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The annual charity event in support of charities including the Royal Marsdencancer hospital, HIV fund Sentebale and youth training charity Skillforce.

Prince William and Prince Harry after the game Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Prince William becomes president of the Sub-Aqua club

The Duke of Cambridge has followed in the footsteps of his father, the Prince of Wales, and grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, by taking on the role of president of the British Sub-Aqua Club (Bsac).

Speaking exclusively to Scuba magazine he said:

Scuba diving really has opened my eyes not only to many extraordinary sights, but also to the responsibilities that we have as guardians of the underwater world.

I look forward to working with Bsac to encourage even more young people into the sport, for they are the next generation of underwater explorers, pioneers and protectors.

The skills and experiences gained through snorkelling and scuba diving can have a positive and lasting impact on their lives, giving them confidence and building their aspirations.

– Prince William

Bsac chairman Clare Peddie spoke of the Duke of Cambridge appointment saying:

This is a very proud moment in Bsac's history to welcome the Duke of Cambridge after his father and grandfather before him.

It comes just after Bsac's diamond jubilee and having the Duke at the helm of our organisation as we move into a new era is a huge and special privilege.

It is also a chance for us to say thank you to his father, the Prince of Wales, for the four decades of committed service he has given to Bsac.

– Bsac chairman Clare Peddie


Duke hopes George experiences 'wonders' of snorkeling

Prince George may only be nine months old but his proud father, The Duke of Cambridge, would like to see him in the future experience the "wonders" of snorkelling and scuba diving.

The comments come as Prince William became president of the British Sub-Aqua Club (Bsac) governing body, the third generation of the monarchy to take the helm of president.

Prince George Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

In a foreword for the magazine 'Scuba,' the Duke of Cambridge said he hopes his son Prince George will take up scuba diving,

Prince William said: "Just like my grandfather and my father, I am proud to say that I learnt to dive with Bsac, and share your passion for the sport and the underwater world.

"I hope that one day my son, George, will also experience the wonders that snorkelling and scuba diving have to offer."

William and Harry visit Graceland home of The King

Prince William and Prince Harry have paid a visit to the home of musical royalty with a trip to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

The brothers joined the tourist trail while in town for a friend's wedding to see where the King of Rock and Roll resided in the later years of his life.

William and Harry went on a private tour of Graceland in a royal group that also included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri
The royals sported shades similar to those worn by The King in his later career during the visit yesterday afternoon. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Members of the media and the public lined up along a wall at Elvis' home, where he died in August 1977. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Prince George relaxes at home in happy family portrait

The public have been given another window into the upbringing of Prince George with a new official family photograph showing the eight-month-old royal with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their pet dog Lupo.

The happy family portrait was taken by Jason Bell, who photographed Prince George's christening. Credit: Jason Bell/Camera Press

The young family are seen posing out of a window at their home in London's Kensington Palace in the first official photo of Prince George since his christening last October.

Prince George can be seen wearing a powder blue jumper with his own name across it. Credit: Jason Bell/Camera Press

The young prince is seen wearing a jumper with his name emblazoned across it and gazing at the family's black cocker spaniel, while his parents fix their eyes on the camera.

Prince George is due to embark on his first official overseas tour next month with a trip to Australia and New Zealand. Credit: Jason Bell/Camera Press

See: Prince George photo is latest glimpse of young royal

Read: Plans revealed for Prince George's first official overseas trip

Maori King scraps 'short' meeting with Kate and William

The Maori King has pulled out of a meeting with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their New Zealand tour.

His officials suggested the engagement was not long enough to do justice to the status of the royal visitors.

King Tuheitia Paki, wearing a tie, walks behind the coffin of his mother Credit: REUTERS/Nigel Marple

"They were offered a 90-minute slot, that was longer than pretty much any other engagement that they have, and King Tuheitia's people decided that wasn't long enough and on that basis they rejected him attending," New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said in statement.

The Cambridges were due to meet King Tuheitia, a former truck driver who ascended to the throne in 2006, on the country's North Island at Turangawaewae, his official residence and reception building.

The Maori King's office issued a statement which reportedly quoted a senior official who said the monarch was "not some carnival act to be rolled out at the beck and call of anyone, and nor should we be prepared to compromise our tikanga to fit into a pre-determined schedule".


William wants ivory in 'Buckingham Palace destroyed'

Prince William wants all ivory in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace to be destroyed, according to a leading primatologist.

Leading primatologist Jane Goodall told the Independent on Sunday that the Duke of Cambridge had told her he would "like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed".

The Duke of Cambridge wants all ivory in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace to be destroyed, according to reports. Credit: PA Wire

Prince Charles has reportedly also asked for all ivory items at his Clarence House and Highgrove homes to be removed during the last few years.

Charles and William called on the world to turn its back on illegally traded animal parts like ivory and rhino horn in a video appeal earlier this month.

Illegal trade in animal parts such as rhino horn, tiger parts and elephant tusks is worth more than an estimated £11.5 billion each year.

Watch: Prince William says he wants to 'protect wildlife for my son'

Prince William arrives at the red carpet of the Baftas

Prince William has arrived on the red carpet of the Bafta Awards, where he will tonight present Dame Helen Mirren with the Fellowship award.

Prince William arrives at the red carpet of this year's Bafta awards.
Prince William arrives at the red carpet of this year's Bafta awards. Credit: ITV News
Prince William greets the public at the red carpet of the Bafta awards.
Prince William greets the public at the red carpet of the Bafta awards. Credit: ITV News

Princes William and Harry leave flooded Datchet

Princes William and Harry have left the flood-hit village of Datchet in Berkshire after a day moving sandbags in a "private" mission to help residents.

Prince Harry and Prince William say goodbye to their fellow flood relief workers in Datchet Credit: ITV News

Read more: Torrential rain and severe gales sweep across the UK

Prince William gives the thumbs up as the pair depart the town. Credit: ITV News
The princes helped to move sandbags in the flooded Berkshire village. Credit: ITV News

Watch: William and Harry form human chain to unload sandbags

William and Harry form human chain to unload sandbags

Princes William and Harry formed a human chain to unload sandbags from an Army vehicle as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend Datchet from the floods.

The private visit was unannounced but once news of their work spread, they were followed by journalists and cameramen.

Asked by ITV News whether he was enjoying helping, Prince Harry replied: "Not really with you guys around".

Watch: William tells 'reporters to help instead of throwing cameras around'

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