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Prince William trains with the Queen's Household team

During the day the Duke of Cambridge, president of the Football Association, donned his boots - a present from England striker Wayne Rooney and embossed with WR10 - but not for the match, instead he joined the Queen's Household team for a training session.

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Will's skills: the Prince tries his talents out on the royal grounds. Credit: PA
Prince William training
The royal boot: Prince William hosted the match to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. Credit: PA

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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'

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

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.

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

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87-year-old referee to be honoured by Prince William

An 87-year-old man is being recognised as Britain’s longest-serving referee today, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Prince William at the opening of St George's Park in Staffordshire Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Harry Hardy, from Derbyshire, will be given a medal by Prince William, who is the President of the Football Association.

The Ilkeston-born man will get the award alongside 149 others sportsmen, for his commitment to grassroots sport. 150 were selected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the FA.

'We are grateful to the Duke for his understanding'

The Metropolitan Police has said the force is grateful to the Duke of York for his understanding after he was challenged by officers in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Andrew was asked to confirm his identity after a break-in at the Palace 48 hours earlier.

In light of media reports we can confirm that the man spoken to by officers was the Duke of York. We are making this public with HRH's permission.

We are grateful to the Duke for his understanding and have apologised for any inconvenience caused.

– Metropolitan Police statement

An earlier statement had only confirmed a man was ordered to verify his identity by two officers in the palace's gardens at around 6pm on Wednesday.

Read: Duke of York 'grateful' for police apology

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