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The Duke of Cambridge vows to take Prince George to football match at Villa Park

The Duke of Cambridge has vowed to take Prince George to a football match in the future. Photo: ITV News

The Duke of Cambridge has vowed to take Prince George to watch his beloved football team at Villa Park, in a video message released today to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.

William's son was christened on Wednesday and the proud dad spoke about sitting with the baby prince as Aston Villa "thrash" Premier League champions Manchester United.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three-month-old son Prince George. Credit: Jason Bell/CAMERA PRESS

The royal also joked about his anxieties ahead of a competitive football match that was staged at Buckingham Palace earlier this month, hinting at worries the Queen's garden might have turned into a bog.

In his message William spoke with pride about being president of the Football Association, saying soccer was a "huge force for good and a lot of people love, respect and enjoy their football more than anything else in their lives".

The royal's video message is released exactly 150 years since the FA was founded.

Watch the video:

William will attend a FA gala dinner tonight to mark the anniversary, with the event staged at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London - the site where the founder fathers of English football met in 1863.

The video will by played during the dinner and William is due to give a speech.

Members of the Royal family pose for the official photo. Credit: Jason Bell/CAMERA PRESS

Ebenezer Morley, a solicitor and sportsman, was the driving force behind the meeting on October 26, 1863 that led to the establishment of the governing body of football in England.

In the video the Duke was asked if he would take baby George to Villa's ground in the near future and the royal smiled and said: "When Villa thrash Man U at Villa Park, my son will be there."

I've always loved football since I was a young boy. I've never got any better at it, but I keep saying to myself, 'If you keep trying, eventually something will happen'.

– Prince William

William helped organise the competitive game at Buckingham Palace between two of England's oldest amateur clubs, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.

Prince William plays football at Buckingham Palace recently. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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