PRINCE William made an appearance at a polo event at Chester Racecourse.
The Duke of Cambridge attended the Audi Polo Challenge alone as disappointed guests heard that his new bride Catherine, who was expected to attend, pulled out at the last minute.
The exclusive event last Wednesday was kept under wraps until the very last moment and there were only a handful of people outside the racecourse entrance on New Crane Street when the match started.
Celebrity spotters, tipped off via social media sites, flocked to Chester’s Grosvenor Hotel with the hope of catching sight of any of the prince’s guests, which included singers Duffy, Lemar and comedian John Bishop.
Editor in Chief Eric Langton was one of the lucky ones to receive an invitation to the star-studded occasion.
The dashing duke led his Umbogo team of England player Mark Tomlinson, former England captain Andrew Hine, and Harald Link, founder and owner of Thai Polo Club, against the Audi team led by Australian professional Glen Gilmore, with Chester Racecourse boss Richard Thomas, England player Ed Hitchman and founder of White Rose Polo Club East Yorkshire Hedley Aylot.
The prince’s team won the match 8-5½ under warm blue skies to raise funds for Mountain Rescue England and Wales, ESSA (English Schools’ Swimming Association) and SkillForce, an education charity.
Making the presentations, Jeremy Hicks of Audi UK caused Prince William to blush by describing him and Kate as ‘the best known bride and groom in the world'.
Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin prepared the 200-strong guest list dinner.
Entertainment went on into the night with Brit-award nominee and platinum-selling artist Paloma Faith.