Claire Tomlinson died at the age of 77 on January 12, 2022. She was a polo expert and champion. She was also the captain and coach of the English national team. Particularly close to the royal family, Tomlinson was also the particular polo teacher for Princes William and Harry. Mourning, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 39, wanted to pay a last tribute to this person who meant a lot to him.
It was at St Mary’s Church in Tetbury, located in the Cotswolds, on January 25 that the Duke of Cambridge paid his last tribute to Claire Tomlinson. The husband of Kate Middleton, 40, notably joined 200 people who were there for the funeral of this icon of British sport. It is normal to say that this former rider was born in the middle. She was trained by the biggest names in both Argentina and India. This long before it became the reference in the United Kingdom. Moreover, it was his record that motivated Prince Charles, 73, to enroll William and Harry in his Beaufort club, in Gloucestershire. Claire Tomlinson’s two sons, Luke and Mark, have even befriended Prince William, 39, and Prince Harry, 37. The proof being that they were invited to royal weddings, that is to say, in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey, and in May 2018 at Windsor Castle.
Princes William and Harry are still passionate about polo
Polo is a passion passed down from father to son in the royal family. Prince Philip was a great polo fan, as is Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry. Recall that the two princes clashed again in 2019 before the Duke of Sussex left the royal family. In particular, they faced each other during a charity tournament.
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For the husband of Meghan Markle, 40, organizing polo tournaments is commonplace. The profits from these tournaments are then donated to the Sentebale Foundation. As for Kate Middleton’s husband, he recently participated in the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021. Proceeds from the tournament were donated to his foundation afterwards.
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