Football

Buckingham Palace stadium, for one day

Published 2214 GMT (0614 HKT) October 6, 2013
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Prince William is a huge soccer fan who arranged for a special game to be played at Buckingham Palace as part of the English Football Association's 150th birthday. RICHARD POHLE/AFP/GettyImages
Preparations for the game Monday started weeks ago. It will be the first time -- and maybe last -- that an official match takes place at the Queen's London residence. JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images
The Queen isn't expected to be in attendance when amateur teams Civil Service and Polytechnic play. She is, incidentally, said to be a fan of London club West Ham. KAYHAN OZER/AFP/Getty Images
It won't be the first time a sporting event is played at Buckingham Palace. John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg were the star attractions at a charity tennis tournament in 2000. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
As president of the FA, Prince William intermittently attends big matches. He was at Wembley for the FA Cup final in 2007 between Manchester United and Chelsea. Phil Cole/Getty Images
Although he supports Birmingham's Aston Villa, Prince William trained with London club Charlton in 2005. He got a hug from Chris Powell, a former member of England's national team and a Charlton legend. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images