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Two famous London monuments damaged in protests

Hundreds of masked Anonymous protesters descended on Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square as part of a worldwide march against austerity cuts. A fire was started just yards from the gates of the palace as protesters threw glass bottles during clashes with police last night.

Protestors stand on the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and the Victoria Memorial near the palace were damaged during the demonstrations. Fireworks were also reportedly thrown towards Buckingham Palace.

Fireworks are fired at Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

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Man with knife arrested at Palace

A man was arrested today after trying to enter Buckingham Palace while in possession of a knife, Scotland Yard said.

The 44 year old was held at around 11.30am when he attempted to get through the north centre gate and was stopped by police. Officers searched him and he was found to have a knife.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon and is in custody.

Buckingham Palace said that the Queen was not in the building when the man tried to get in, but would make no further comment.

Teams kick off in first game at Buckingham Palace

Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden Credit: PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge, President of the FA, watches from the sidelines Credit: PA Wire
William joked that if a window was smashed the footballer would have to face his grandmother Credit: PA Wire

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Oldest amateur teams prepare for kick off at Palace

England's two oldest amateur football clubs are busy warming up ahead of the first ever football match at Buckingham Palace.

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, both based in Chiswick West London, are due to play a competitive Southern Amateur League fixture this afternoon.

Wembley groundsmen were tasked with preparing the lawn of the famous landmark for the occasion.

The occasion is part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. Credit: ITV News/Tim Ewart
The FA honoured over 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of their dedication to the sport this morning. Credit: ITV News/Tim Ewart
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William: 'Break a window and answer to the Queen'

Prince William has joked that anyone who smashes a window during the upcoming football match at Buckingham Palace will have to answer to his grandmother.

The famous landmark will host its first ever football match between two of England's oldest amateur clubs later today, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

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