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William in Wembley double date

The Duke of Cambridge will be in the royal box to watch the FA Cup final this weekend at Wembley Stadium.

William, a passionate Aston Villa supporter, will see the season finale between Arsenal and Hull City on Saturday.

The Duke, who is president of the Football Association, will return to the famous stadium on May 30 for England's international against Peru - the final fixture before manager Roy Hodgson's squad heads to a training camp in Miami en route to the football World Cup in Brazil.

Greg Dyke, the FA's chairman, said: "His Royal Highness is a fantastic supporter of the game at all levels, and it will be wonderful to welcome him again to Wembley for two major occasions.

"The FA Cup continues to capture the imagination of the public and it will be a special honour for whoever wins on the day to receive the famous trophy from the Duke.

"To then be able to welcome him back for England's last home match is the icing on the cake. The whole country is looking forward to what promises to be a spectacular World Cup in Brazil and I am sure His Royal Highness, like everyone else at a packed Wembley, will enjoy a special atmosphere as we wave Roy Hodgson and the squad off to the finals."

William first presented the FA Cup in 2006 when Liverpool beat West Ham on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the last final played in Cardiff while Wembley was being rebuilt.

He was present a year later at the new stadium for Chelsea's 1-0 extra-time win against Manchester United and then returned for Portsmouth's 1-0 defeat of Chelsea in 2010.

As president of the FA he played a key role in its 150th anniversary celebrations last year, staging a competitive football match at Buckingham Palace and also attending a gala dinner on the date of the FA's founding.

He last met the England squad when he opened St George's Park, the FA's national football centre, in October 2012.


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