The prince will take to the polo field when he arrives in Florida for his Invictus Games

By Simon Perry
Updated April 06, 2016 10:05 AM
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Prince Harry is headed to Florida – and he s bringing a taste of home with him!

When the prince arrives in Florida next month for his Paralympic-style Invictus Games, he ll also be showing off his athletic prowess – in a polo match.

Harry will take to the field at Valiente Polo Farm in Palm Beach, Florida, on May 4 – four days before the start of the Invictus Games, which will see more than 500 servicemen and women compete against each other in Orlando.

The prince s annual fundraising polo event aims to raise money for his African charity Sentebale, which supports vulnerable and young people living with HIV in Lesotho.

In November, Harry helped the charity open a new children’s center in Lesotho that delivers psychosocial support to 1,500 HIV-positive young people each year.

Cathy Ferrier, the charity’s CEO, says the polo match “is invaluable in allowing us to raise vital funds needed to support these young people, and helps us talk about an issue that urgently needs attention.

“Great progress has been made over the past few decades to reduce new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, however adolescents with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa remain the most at risk.”

The announcement comes as Harry launches the U.K. team for the Invictus Games.

The royal joined the 110 athletes selected for the team on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The prince posed for pictures and chatted with the team – he even gave some love to an attention-seeking black lab named Jester. The dog, which belongs to teammate Jon Flint, a former Royal Marine who is representing the U.K. team in archery and swimming, barked excitedly and rolled over on his back as Harry bent down to tickle his tummy.

Jester assists Flint, who uses a wheelchair, with every day tasks. After watching the dog’s antics with Harry, he said, “The prince was lucky. Jester doesn’t roll on his back for anyone!”

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“He’s not the first of my dogs to do that. My previous dog, Varick, who died suddenly last year disgraced himself at last year’s press conference by barking all the way through Prince Harry’s speech,” he told reporters.

Before he heads to Florida next month, Harry will be in Toronto for a series of events that kick off the launch of next year’s Invictus Games, which will be held in the Canadian city in September 2017.