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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

Watch: Prince William: 'Break a window and you will have to answer to the Queen'

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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.

Read: FA prepares to honour 150 grassroots volunteers

The Duke of Cambridge honours football helpers

The Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to football's unsung heroes by honouring 150 grassroots volunteers ahead of an historic match in Buckingham Palace's garden today.

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, both based in Chiswick, will play a Southern Amateur League fixture in the gardens of the famous landmark - the first time a competitive match has been held at the Palace.

At its best, football is a powerful force for good in society. It binds people from different backgrounds, communities, faiths and abilities - and gives them a common interest, a unifying identity.

I believe over its 150 years, football has remained a wonderful example of the power of community and of our ability to come together to organise and to enjoy a simple pastime.

– Duke of Cambridge

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William 'excited to play football on grandmother’s lawn'

In a speech ahead of the first football match at Buckingham Palace, Prince William has said:

I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother’s lawn.

One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her.

As the president of the FA, William has helped organise the match as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

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FA prepares to honour 150 grassroots volunteers

The Football Association is preparing to honour over 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of their dedication to the sport at a special event at Buckingham Palace today.

The event, organised as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations, is being hosted by the Duke of Cambridge while former players including Michael Owen will also attend.

Seats reserved for the Duke of Cambridge and former England striker Michael Owen. Credit: FA/Twitter

The recipients were chosen for their outstanding contribution to football, including helping to develop the women's game, providing opportunities for disabled players and refereeing.

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

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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

Palace game a 'once-in-a-lifetime experience'

I've been lucky enough to referee some of the biggest games in football but to oversee a match at Buckingham Palace will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

It's also an honour to be involved in an event that celebrates the volunteers within football who give up their time so that millions of people can enjoy the nation's favourite game.

– Howard Webb
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