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Prince Harry will play in a charity polo match in New York City at the end of the month, on his first formal overseas engagement.

The second in line to the throne will carry out a number of official engagements as part of a two-day visit to New York on 29 and 30 May. He has only been the US privately before, when he was a child.

The visit will culminate in a polo match — the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic — taking place on Governors Island in front of the public.

Prince Harry played his first polo match of the season last weekend, at the Audi Charity Polo Day at Coworth Park in Ascot (where he is pictured here).

The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic will be played on Saturday 30 MAy in support of the American Friends of Sentebale, the US branch of Sentebale, a charity of which Prince Harry is patron.

The match is the first of a series of events on Governors Island to mark the 400th anniversary of New York City.

Sentebale chief executive Kedge Martin said: “Sentebale is delighted to have been selected as beneficiary of the 2009 Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support this event will provide for our work on the ground in Lesotho helping the country’s most vulnerable and neglected children.”

The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic was first staged last year, the first time polo had been played in Manhattan for 70 years.