The royal takes part in FA anniversary event

Prince William issued a light-hearted warning to players taking part in the first ever Buckingham Palace football match yesterday.

Wills, who is president of the Football Association, was given permission by the Queen to host the match between two amateur clubs in the grounds of her home, so he made sure that participants were extra careful around the property.

This magnificent home, Buckingham Palace, is at the heart of the nation, and so there cannot be a more fitting setting to celebrate our national game, and to celebrate all of you,’ Wills, 31, said in a speech before the game.

Today we will be playing football on my grandmother’s lawn. One warning, though – if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her.’

Luckily no damage was done during the match between London clubs Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, which was held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the FA and was attended by the likes of former England striker Michael Owen.

After the game Aston Villa fan Wills enjoyed a kick about before handing out medals to 150 volunteers who support amateur football.

Kate Middleton and baby Prince George didn’t attend the match but doting dad William was given some cute footie shirts for his son to wear with HRH1 written on the back.

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Anna Francis