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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
An 87-year-old man is being recognised as Britain’s longest-serving referee today, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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.
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.
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.
The Duke of York has said he is "grateful" for an apology from police after officers challenged him in the gardens of Buckingham Palace less than 48 hours after a break-in at the Queen's home.
The Met Police confirmed that a man was ordered to verify his identity by two officers at around 6pm on Wednesday.
Prince Andrew said in a statement today: "The police have a difficult job to do balancing security for the Royal Family and deterring intruders, and sometimes they get it wrong."I am grateful for their apology and look forward to a safe walk in the garden in the future."
The Metropolitan Police have denied a report that claimed Prince Andrew was held at gunpoint by armed police while being challenged by officers at Buckingham Palace.
The Sunday Express has reported the 53-year-old was ordered "put your hands up and get on the ground" during a brief stand-off.
But a statement from the Met fails to corroborate the account, instead saying:
On Wednesday, 4 September at approximately 1800hrs two uniformed officers approached a man in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to verify his identity.
The man was satisfactorily identified. No weapons were drawn and no force was used.