Prince William was in high spirits today as he received a set of football shirts for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during a meeting with the players of the England women’s team.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, attended the England women’s football team training session during a visit to their training center at St George’s Park, Burton-upon-Trent earlier during the day.
During the visit, the royal, who wore an open-necked blue suit, received shirts for each of his children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four.
The shirts appeared to bear the age of each of the children.
After receiving the shirts, the father-of-three commented: “Charlotte wants me to tell you she’s really good in goal…a budding star for the future!”
Prince William, 39, was in high spirits today as he received a set of football shirts for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during a meeting with the players of the women’s team from England.
The Duke added: “She said, ‘Please can you tell them that’, and I said, ‘Okay, I’ll tell them.’
Meanwhile, as he posed for a picture holding the football shirts, he said: “Looks like they’ve signed for the England team.”
Elsewhere, he told captain Leah Williamson that George was playing for a local team, adding: “He’s getting very competitive.”
Prince George is said to be an ‘avid football fan’ and has been seen with his parents at England and Aston Villa games, while Charlotte has also been spotted at Norwich games.
The Duke of Cambridge attended the England women’s football team training session during a visit to their training center at St George’s Park, Burton-upon-Trent earlier today.
William is also a keen footballer and is a regular in the stands at Villa Park.
George’s love of football is no secret, with the royal celebrating birthdays with sports-themed parties at Kensington Palace and William saying he hopes his eldest son will one day be England’s ‘top scorer’ Villa.
The Duke could be seen chatting with players during today’s visit, before showing him around the training ground.
He was also seen showing off his own footballing skills, asking players if he could ‘try’ to score a goal.
The royal joked about his hamstrings before saying: “It could go anywhere!”
While visiting the training ground, the Duke even showed off his own footballing skills by scoring a goal.
Prince William looked delighted to have scored the goal and threw his hands in the air excitedly
His ball was quickly picked up by the goalkeeper, before he offered another attempt.
After scoring a goal, the father-of-three then celebrated by raising his hands in the air.
His visit comes as he prepares to move his family to Adelaide Cottage on Windsor Estate this summer.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be set to uproot their family from Kensington, west London, to Adelaide Cottage in Berkshire in order to be closer to the Queen.
Rebuilt in 1831, Cambridge’s new Grade II listed retreat is a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and stands proudly on the 655-acre royal estate in Berkshire.
The royal was beaming as he met players training in the gymnasium alongside English Football Association (FA) chief Mark Bullingham
During his visit, the father-of-three was invited to tour the facilities by the head of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell.
The Duke opted for a smart navy suit for today’s outing, which he teamed with a light blue shirt and brown shoes
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: ‘The Queen needs more people like William around her.
“She is very often alone outside of the staff and will therefore be delighted William, Kate and her three great-grandchildren will be ten minutes away. The family was very limited in what they could do during the week at Kensington Palace.
Sources close to the family suggest the Cambridges wanted to be closer to the Queen, 96, who has suffered episodic mobility issues in recent months and also ensure a good school for their three children.
Eight-year-old George, Seven-year-old Charlotte and Four-year-old Louis will be removed from their current preparatory school in Battersea and are all expected to start school locally when the new school term begins in September.
After the tour of the facilities, the Duke chatted with the athletes waiting on the pitch
During a training session, Prince William spoke with England defender and captain Leah Williamson
The royal, who is an enthusiastic football fan, appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted with Leah
Later, the Duke posed for a photo with the England women’s football team, holding up gifts for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The move also represents a fresh start for the senior royals and their family of five, as they continue to cement their place among the most influential members of The Firm.
A source told The Sun: ‘Kate and William were very keen on a modest home to start their new lives in Windsor. Adelaide Cottage fits the bill as it is a four bedroom house and they don’t need more as they have no home staff.
“They had no other requests than a pleasant family home close to schools and the Queen.
“They were adamant that they didn’t want anything too flashy or anything that needed refurbishment or extra security so it wouldn’t be a burden on the ratepayer.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be set to uproot their family from Kensington, west London, to Adelaide Cottage in Berkshire in order to be closer to the Queen