Prince William Bends It Like Beckham During Soccer Game at Buckingham Palace

10/07/2013 at 04:30 PM EDT

Prince William Bends It Like Beckham During Soccer Game at Buckingham Palace
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Prince William looks like he's picked up a few skills from his friend, soccer star David Beckham.

The new dad had asked his grandmother, the Queen, for permission to hold the first-ever soccer game at the palace to celebrate the Football Association's 150th anniversary.

"I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother's lawn," he said in his speech opening the event at Buckingham Palace on Monday. "One warning, though: If anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her."

The Queen was unable to attend the event, but William said that there was "one small silver lining" in that: there wouldn't be any corgis running onto the pitch.



Wearing bright orange shoes, William – who's president of the Football Association – laughed as he trained with members of the royal household's football team.

Two of England's oldest amateur teams – Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC – played a game during the event, and during half-time, they were treated to oranges and drinks, brought out on silver platters by the Queen's footmen.



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