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Prince George is just like Prince William during surprise outing - photos

Prince George and Prince William headed for a football match

Prince George and Prince William smiling
Matthew Moore
Matthew MooreOnline News Writer & Diversity and Inclusion Lead
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Prince George made a surprise outing with his father, Prince William, on Saturday as the sports-loving pair of royals attended a football match between their beloved Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

The young Prince was every inch the clone of his father, as the pair attended the football match wearing a navy jumper and light-blue shirt combination. George also embodied his father's mannerisms during the match as they watched the first half of the game. The young royal jumped for joy and high-fived other spectators when Villa scored in the second half.

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The pair sat with Christian Purslow, the chief executive of the club, as they watched the game. Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate, the manager of the men's football team sat just five rows ahead of the royal spectators.

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The match will have come as an Easter treat for George with schools currently closed for the Easter break.

The young Prince is known to be football mad and joined the Prince and Princess of Wales during the 2021 Euros twice, once to see England triumph over Germany and the second time when the team reached the final, although they ultimately lost to Italy on penalties.

Prince George and Prince William at a football match© Nathan Stirk
George was William's clone

George and William's surprise outing comes as the nine-year-old's role in his grandfather, King Charles' Coronation was confirmed, with George to act as a Page of Honour.

The pages will carry the long trains of the King and Queen Consort's ceremonial robes and will form part of the procession through the nave of Westminster Abbey.

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Traditionally they wear a scarlet frock coat with gold trimmings over a white satin waistcoat, breeches and hose, white gloves, black buckled shoes and a lace cravat and ruffles.

Pages of Honour also take part in other royal events, including the State Opening of Parliament and the Order of the Garter Ceremony.

Prince George and Prince William celebrating© Ryan Browne/REX/Shutterstock
George celebrated Aston Villa's goal

Traditionally, Pages of Honours for these events aren't actually members of the royal family, and are instead the children of nobility.

Royal fans have not minded the break in tradition, with many supporting George's role as they commented on a new photo of the King and Queen Consort in the build-up to the ceremony.

"Love this new picture and that Prince George will have a big role on this very important day! I can't wait," wrote one Instagram follower.

"Lovely that George gets to take part in the procession," another agreed. A third said: "Such a beautiful portrait, and wonderful news about the Pages of Honour."

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