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UK prince injured in polo fall

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Charles: A history of polo accidents  

LONDON (CNN) -- The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has been admitted to hospital after falling from a horse.

The prince was playing in a charity polo match at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, when he fell awkwardly although he was said to be only slightly hurt.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "He took a tumble from his horse. He fell awkwardly off his horse and temporarily lost consciousness."

The prince quickly regained consciousness but was taken to a hospital in Cirencester for a check-up. The palace said he was then transferred to Cheltenham General Hospital where he will remain overnight for observation.

Earlier this week his grandmother, the Queen Mother was treated in hospital for anaemia.

She was discharged on Wednesday and hopes to celebrate her 101st birthday on Saturday with a public appearance outside her official London residence, Clarence House.

Prince Charles was hopeful of being able to attend the birthday celebrations, the UK's Press Association news agency reported.

Charles' two sons, princes William and Harry, were playing on their father's team when he was injured.

A keen horseman and polo player, Prince Charles has had a number of equestrian injuries over the years.

In June 1990 he fell during a polo match and was kicked by a horse. His right arm was broken in two places. The break did not heal properly and the arm was reset three months later.

Three years later, he was hurt again during a game of polo when he aggravated an old back injury.

In January 1998 he broke a rib after falling from his horse while fox hunting, and in January of this year, he fractured a bone in his shoulder when he fell off a horse during a hunt.

The prince also suffers from a degenerative disc at the base of his spine, which has caused some pain over the years.

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