updated 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST
He'll Polo No Mo'
Perhaps Charles is embracing middle age. Or maybe his coccyx just couldn't take it anymore. After four decades in the saddle, the Prince announced Nov. 17 that he was hanging up his polo stick. His highs—and lows—over the years:
Charles broke his right arm in two places after a fall in a '90 match.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
In an August '01 match, Charles (horizontal, above) was thrown from his horse and knocked unconscious.
UPWARD FACING DOG?
Charles (in '02) isn't a yoga devotee: He was simply trying to relieve recurring back pain, aggravated by polo.
The Prince joined Harry and William on the Highgrove team in July '04.
Charles (at Ascot in June '05) "decided to bow out gracefully," a spokesman says of his retirement.