Prince William returned for a bit of friendly competition on the polo field while Kate Middleton continues to isolate after a close COVID exposure last week

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Prince William made a long-awaited return to his beloved polo field on Friday.

The Duke of Cambridge took part in the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 at Guards Polo Club Windsor, raising funds and awareness for charities both he and Kate Middleton support, including Centrepoint, East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH), Family Action, Fields in Trust, The Forward Trust, London Air Ambulance, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Tusk.

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It's been quite a while since William grabbed a mallet, with one of the last times he competed going back as far as 2019, when he bested brother Harry's team during a charitable day out in July 2019 that was enjoyed not only by the princes but also their families, including Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte, Prince Louis and a newborn Archie (Harry and Meghan Markle's second child, Lilibet Diana didn't come along until this past June).

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While the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has been isolating after a close exposure to COVID last week, William has been carrying out the couple's royal duties.

William, 39, hosted NHS workers for the Big Tea at Buckingham Palace on Monday and expressed his appreciation for their work during the pandemic.

On Wednesday, he was able to mix business with pleasure, attending the UEFA Euro 2020 semifinals and reuniting with Danish royal as England faced off against Denmark, winning the game to advance to Sunday's finals against Italy.