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Security Tight At Greenwich Polo Club Before Prince Harry Visit

Prince Harry's motorcade pulls into Greenwich on North Street just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on its way to the Polo Club. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron
Greenwich police officers line up in the middle of North Street on Wednesday morning, with police cars lining the road at the entrance to the Greenwich Polo Club. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
No Parking signs are posted on poles on both sides of the road leading up to the Greenwich Polo Club. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Tents set up at the Greenwich Polo Club can be seen from Upper Cross Road. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
All is quiet at Happiness Is up the road from the polo club. News crews are out but few spectators are. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

11:30 a.m. UPDATE: GREENWICH, Conn. -- Prince Harry arrived in town in a motorcade at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, heading for a luncheon and a game at the Greenwich Polo Club.

State Police and Greenwich police were on the scene.

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Bucolic backcountry Greenwich was quiet Wednesday morning, except for the collection of Greenwich police cars lined up at the entrance to the Greenwich Polo Club in anticipation of the arrival of Prince Harry.

Security was tight near the polo club on North Street with police out front. No parking signs lined both sides of the road, starting at Upper Cross Road north of the club.

Christine Salazar, co-owner of Happiness Is on North Street, said all the television camera crews used the shopping center parking lot as a staging area Wednesday morning.

Happiness Is opens at 6 a.m. and she said her brother Tom told her the crews were just everywhere. Despite the activity, so far, it has been a slower than normal morning.

"I have a feeling that people are staying away from this area because they don't want to deal with it," she said, the it being the prince, the traffic, the luncheon and the crowds.

No time was announced for the arrival of the third in line to the throne or for the charity polo game.

The guest list has been kept small and private: It is rumored to be capped at 400.

But cars were beginning to turn into the club at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. At least two satellite trucks had arrived on the scene, too. No crowds had gathered near the gates.

Prince Harry will compete in the fourth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at the Greenwich Polo Club. Proceeds from the event go to his charity Sentebale, which raises money for children affected by AIDS/HIV and poverty in the African nation of Lesotho.

Harry started Sentebale -- which means "forget me not" in the African language of Sesotho -- with Prince Seeiso, of Lesotho, in memory of their mothers in 2006.

The polo match will wrap up Harry's weeklong tour of the states, which started last Thursday with a visit to Washington, D.C., and included stops at the Wounded Warriors Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., and visits to parts of New Jersey devastated by Superstorm Sandy as well as events to promote British tourism in New York City.

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