Palace hosts football match

Buckingham Palace's garden is the venue for a football match between two of England's oldest amateur clubs from Chiswick.

National

Buckingham Palace due to host first football match

Buckingham Palace will host its first ever football match today between two of England's oldest amateur clubs.

The Duke of Cambridge, the president of the FA, has helped organise the event as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Karl Standley, a groundsman at Wembley Stadium, marks out the the lines of a football pitch in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, both based in Chiswick, west London, will play a competitive Southern Amateur League fixture in the gardens of the famous landmark.

The Queen gave her permission for the match and Wembley groundsman Tony Stones and his team have worked with the royal household gardeners to create a pitch in the 39-acre garden.

Prince William will host the event and present medals to 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of their dedication to the sport.

Read: Football pitch marked in grounds of Buckingham Palace

Load more updates