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Buckingham Palace Hosts First Football Match
Prince William warned players in the first official football match to be played at Buckingham Palace they would answer to his grandmother if they broke her windows.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, asked the Queen to stage the Southern Amateur League clash on royal turf to mark the FA's 150th anniversary.
The Queen was understood to have welcomed the idea.
Her grandson today 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."
In the match between the English League's two oldest clubs, Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC, midfielder Bojan Jelovac scored the first goal at the Palace helping Polytechnic to a 2-1 win.
He said: "Before the game we talked about how we'd celebrate if we scored.
"I couldn't see the Prince so I just bowed in the middle of the pitch."
Aston Villa fan Prince William also brought his boots - a recent present from England striker Wayne Rooney - to the Palace and took part in a training session with the Royal Household football team.
FA chairman Greg Dyke told Sky News: "Prince William had the great idea to stage the match here at the Palace, and his Granny agreed.
"It's a great chance to show the thousands upon thousands of volunteers who turn out each week just how important they are to the game."
The Duke of Cambridge presented medals to 150 volunteers invited to the special event including 86-year-old referee Harry Hardy.
"Blimey, can you believe it? I tell you what, this is something else, isn't it?" said Mr Hardy.