An eagle on display took an unscheduled flight Sunday as Britain's Prince Charles returned for his second polo match during a weekend visit to benefit an animal conservation group.

The eagle flew off shortly after the Prince of Wales arrived at the Palm Beach (Fla.) Polo and Country Club for the match to raise funds for the Friends of Conservation. The eagle, part of a display of African and American animals, was retrieved after it landed nearby.More than 8,000 came out for the event in 80-degree weather.

Ethel Hanos, a retiree from Hollywood, Fla., said she came for a bit of royalty watching, along with the polo. "I have enjoyed the polo matches before," she said, "but I am hoping to get a glimpse of him."

The prince's motorcade was escorted by nine police motorcycles and two police cruisers. The prince emerged from the limousine wearing a light blue shirt, navy blazer and white riding pants.

The prince's Windsor Park team later trounced the club's team 9-5, although all he managed was one assist.