Buckingham Palace to host football match in garden

Buckingham Palace is to host its first official football match as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations after the Queen gave her permission.

The gardens of Buckingham Palace will become a temporary football ground Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of the FA, helped arrange the game between two of England's oldest amateur clubs in the gardens of the famous landmark.

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, both based in west London, will go head to head in the rarefied surroundings of the palace garden on 7 October.

Wembley groundsman Tony Stones will work with the royal gardeners to create a pitch in the 40-acre garden.

William will host the event and also present medals to 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of their dedication to the sport. The match is being held in tribute to their commitment.