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Prince Harry continues to charm the crowds in Brazil. He tried his hand at beach volleyball in Rio de Janiero, had cricket tips from children, ran a mile(1.6 km)in a group, played rugby and still had the time and energy for his formal duties.
A cable car trip to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain had him kicking off the GREAT campaign publicising Britain’s Olympic Year and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne. It will be Brazil’s turn to host the summer Olympics in 2016.
The energetic young prince then progressed to the mega city of Sao Paulo where he attended a polo match for charity and tomorrow is scheduled to take part in one for a charity he supports.
This is the first solo tour that the third in line to the British throne has undertaken. To date it has been an unqualified success from his start in Jamaica where those who met him were taken by his easy charm. Even those Caribbean politicians agitating for a republican form of government were quieted.
Brazil is the largest country in South America with a growing economy. Oil, minerals and agriculture contribute to its exports. Brazil a G20 country now has the world’s sixth largest economy and it is expected that this will move to number five place by the end of 2012.