Sunday 25 March 2018

Anyone for polo? Royals relax with game ahead of baby's birth

Zara playing polo
Zara playing polo
Zara Phillips, left, takes part in The Rundle Cup at Tidworth Polo Club

Claire Duffin

The Duke of Cambridge and his cousin Zara Phillips, who announced last week that she is pregnant, both played polo yesterday as they relaxed ahead of the Duchess of Cambridge's imminent labour.

Prince William played at a fundraising match in Hampshire for a charity run by the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, and is due to play again today at a club in Wiltshire, despite predictions that Sunday is the most likely day for his wife the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth.

The Duke has not yet begun paternity leave, but had a weekend off from his duties as a search and rescue helicopter pilot at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales.

The Royal household has not confirmed an exact date for the Duchess to give birth, but speculation has centred on this weekend.

The birth is due to take place at the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, west London, where a police presence has increased in recent days.

Buckingham Palace said the Prince would play unless he had to be at his wife’s side.

The Prince’s cousin, Zara Phillips, was also playing polo at a separate event on Saturday, the week after she announced that she and her husband Mike Tindall, the former England rugby captain, are expecting their first child in the New Year.

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