UK & World News
William Vows To Take Baby To Watch Aston Villa
Prince William has said that his young son is likely to follow in his footsteps as an Aston Villa supporter.
William made the claim in a video recorded ahead of a gala this evening to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.
In the video, William, who is the FA president, promises to bring the baby prince to Villa Park to watch his beloved team.
"When (Aston) Villa thrash Man U at Villa Park, my son will be there," he says.
Aston Villa next host the Premier League champions on December 15.
William also talks in the video about an "awkward" moment with the Queen ahead of a competitive football match held at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.
William helped organise the match at the palace between two of England's oldest amateur clubs, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.
"She (the Queen) was extremely supportive, but there was a little bit of a sweating moment for me having to ask her (to give permission to stage the tournament), with the possibility that her lawn might turn into a massive quagmire.
"It was a little bit awkward but thankfully the weather held off," he added.
The prince also spoke at length of his love of football and the sport's capacity to change lives.
"There's a lot of good that football can do around the world, and in this country.
"But globally it is a huge force for good and a lot of people love, respect and enjoy their football more than anything else in their lives.
"I hugely believe that everybody has the right to play football and where possible facilities and coaching should all be made available to anyone, no matter where they come from or what they do, to play football."
Tonight's event will be held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the site where the founding fathers of English football met in 1863.
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.