Happy birthday, Prince Harry

By Carla Passino on |


Prince Harry at the Sentebale Polo Cup

Prince Harry turns 31 on September 15, 2015. Like most members of the Royal Family, he is passionate about horses: a keen polo player who raises money for charity at many competition events, he also enjoys going to the races and has done a spot of driving. To celebrate his 31st birthday, we bring you 31 pictures of the Prince’s best (and worst) horsey moments.

First steps

A few months after turning three, Prince Harry enjoys a pony ride at Sandringham, led by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Riding out with Daddy…

Prince Charles leads Prince Harry’s pony around Windsor Castle in March 1989, while big brother Prince William manages on his own.

…and going solo

Prince Harry enjoys a pony ride near the Sandringham Estate in December 1989.

Who’s afraid of a big horse?

Although this mount is rather bigger than his usual ponies, the five-year-old Prince looks perfectly at ease after the Trooping the Colour Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Polo beginnings

Prince Harry and Prince William try their own version of polo while watching their father play in a match in 1990.

Family ride

A little older than six, Prince Harry keeps up with Prince William and their father at Sandringham.

Getting to grips with the equipment

An eight-year-old Prince Harry helps Prince Charles tighten his kneepads.

Look at me!

Prince Charles pulls a face while talking to Prince Harry in a pause of a polo match at Cirencester Polo Club in June 1997, a few months before the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

What’s this for?

Prince Harry plays with a polo mallet at the Beaufort Hunt Polo Club under the watchful eye of the Prince of Wales in May 1999.

Daddy’s little helper

The Prince holds his father’s polo stick as Prince Charles get ready to play in a charity match at the Beaufort Polo Club in June 2000.

Almost got it!

Prince Harry heads for the ball during a polo match at Cirencester in Gloucestershire in 2001. He played on the same team as Prince Charles and Prince William, and they won.

Who can beat Zara?

The Prince and his older cousin play at Tidworth Polo Club in 2002 to raise money for spinal chord injury charity Inspire.


Prince Harry takes a moment’s respite after rounding up cattle at the Tooloombilla Ranch in Queensland, Australia. The Prince spent part of his gap year there, working as a jackaroo, in 2003.

In honour of the Queen

Prince Harry plays in the Cartier Golden Jubilee polo match at Guards Polo Club in 2004.

Horse love….

The Prince hugs and kisses a polo pony at Cirencester Park Polo Club in July 2004.

… and dog love

Prince Harry takes some time to play with a Labrador after beating his brother Prince William in a charity polo match in March 2005.

One is not happy

Prince Harry looks rather disappointed during the Cartier Cup match between Prince of Wales’ Team and Hurlingham Team at the Guards Polo Club in July 2006 in Egham.

Sisterly love

The Duchess of Cambridge — then Kate Middleton — accompanies a sweatshirt-clad Prince Harry and Prince William at a charity match at Coworth Park in May 2008.

Joy or pain?

Prince Harry lets out a scream during the Chakravarty Cup at Beaufort Polo Club in July 2009.

A right Royal tumble

Prince Harry falls off his pony during the 2010 Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic in New York.

Riding in Africa…

Prince William and Prince Harry ride to Semenkong, in Lesotho, to visit a child education centre in 2010.

…and playing for Africa

Prince Harry plays against Prince William in the Sentebale Polo Cup at Cowart Park in Ascot in June 2011. The annual Cup aims to raise awareness and support the work of the Sentebale charity, which Prince Harry founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to provide healthcare and education to deprived children.

At the races

Prince Harry is tense as he watches the Queen’s racehorse, Carlton House, compete in the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs in June 2011. Carlton House finished third.

All aboard!

The Prince tries his hand at driving as he gets ready to play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Haras Larissa, Brazil in March 2012.

Who’s the baby?

Prince Harry pulls a funny face to entertain a baby during the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park in May 2012.

Family man

Prince Harry takes a moment to say hello to Savannah Phillips, Princess Anne’s granddaughter, during the Golden Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup in June 2012.

At the Olympics

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge discuss the action as they watch eventing’s showjumping phase at the 2012 London Olympics.

Sibling rivalry

Prince Harry rides hard to beat his brother, Prince William, at the Beaufort Polo Club charity day in June 2013.

Oh, look!

Prince Harry turns to the sky for inspiration during the second day of the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park in June 2014.

Up with the Army

Prince Harry flies the flag for the Army in the Rundle Polo Cup against the Navy in July 2014.


The Royal Salute team of Eduardo Novillo Astrada, Prince Harry, Malcolm Borwick and Sir Charles Williams win the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14 this year. Prince William played for the opposite side, with the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Prince Charles and the Phillips cousins all watching from the sidelines.

Main image: Prince Harry at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Abu Dhabi, November 2014, by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Royal Salute, courtesy of Land Rover MENA, official sponsors of the fifth edition of the Sentebale Polo Cup, CC BY 2.0


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