PHOTOS: Buckingham Palace Hosts Soccer (Football) Match

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, also holds the title of President of The Football Association (FA), the governing body of English football. With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the FA, the duke invited the Civil Service Football Club  and Polytechnic Football Club, to compete on the grounds of Buckingham Palace as part of its celebration, reports BBC News. Polytechnic FC manager Geoff Brown said of the two teams chosen to play, “We first played 120 years ago, so there’s a fair bit of history between the two of us.”

Take a look at this fun and memorable day as seen with these snaps:

A serene view of the soccer field before the players and supporters showed up. (AP)

A serene view of the soccer field before the players and supporters showed up. (AP)

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The refs and captains get together for the coin toss. (AP)

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Prince William takes part in the warm-up routine, passing the ball. (AP)

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Polytechnic FC circles up for a pow-wow. (AP)

Football match at Buckingham Palace

The duke explained if anyone breaks a window … (AP)

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… they have to answer to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. (AP)

Football match at Buckingham Palace

Royal household staff bring out oranges on silver trays … similar to the FA, right? (AP)

Football match at Buckingham Palace

Following half-time, the Duke suited up to join the game. (AP)

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After the event, 150 medals were given out to volunteers dedicated to the sport. (AP)

This was the first match … will there be a second?