Prince Harry in Singapore: In pictures

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Singapore in a heartbeat: Trace Prince Harry's short but sweet royal visit to Singapore

You could call it his grandfather's story. In 1965 — which incidentally was the year of Singapore's independence — Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh played at the Singapore Polo Club. Yes, that strapping lad whose story you've heard from Netflix's The Crown had Singapore in one of his royal visits. His son Charles, Prince of Wales, also made a similar visit in 1974. It's only natural that the next generation followed suit. And follow he did — 43 years later, Prince Harry played on the very same grounds at the Singapore Polo Club at Mount Pleasant Road. Here to play for the 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, funds raised will go to Sentebale, a charity that supports youths living in HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

Opening his visit by visiting an Action for AIDS event held at Eden Hall in Nassim Road, Prince Harry met with staff, volunteers and users to learn more about Singapore's HIV-positive community. He then scuttled off for a silat (traditional Malay martial arts) demonstration led by former world champion Sheik Alauddin Yacoob Marican, before ending his first evening in Singapore with iftar, the breaking of fast.

Day two was a star-studded affair, with British actresses Karen Gillan of Doctor Who, Joanne Froggart of Downton Abbey and Gemma Chan of Humans and the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians in town for the match. Wearing his number two shirt, Prince Harry scored two goals at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. A sporting event that started in 2010, it's the first time it's being held in Southeast Asia. The evening also saw the launch of an auction for the first flagon of the new, limited edition Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition, hand illustrated by fellow Brit and artist Natalie Reid.

Look through our gallery above for more highlights on Prince Harry's first visit to Singapore.


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