The Duke of Cambridge trains with members of the Royal household, during the second half of a match between the Polytechnic FC and the Civil Service FC, in the grounds of Buckingham PalaceView Album (9 images)
The Duke of Cambridge kicked off the first football match to be played at Buckingham Palace - after warning that any players breaking windows would answer to The Queen.
Two of England's oldest amateur clubs - Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC - took to the pitch marked out in The Queen's garden for a competitive amateur league fixture.
Before kick-off, The Duke of Cambridge, who helped to organise the match, shook hands with the players and met referee Howard Webb, one of the country's best-known football officials.
He has performed at the highest level, having taken charge of World Cup and Champions League finals and the recent Premier League Manchester derby match.
The Duke was joined by former England striker Michael Owen and FA chairman Greg Dyke and joked with the Polytechnic players: "Michael's available as a super sub."
The two teams, who play in the senior division one of the Southern Amateur League, warmed up in the Autumn sunshine before the match began.
Civil Service FC is the sole surviving club out of the 11 which founded the FA in the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London, in 1863 and later drafted the 13 original laws of association football.
Polytechnic FC was formed in 1875.
The Duke of Cambridge stands with the Civil Service FC prior to their match against Polytechnic FC, in the grounds of Buckingham PalaceView Album (9 images)
The Civil Service team presented The Duke of Cambridge with two tiny tops for his son, Prince George - one red and the other white, both with "HRH 1" on the back.
Earlier, The Duke paid tribute to football's unsung heroes by honouring 150 grassroots volunteers during a Palace reception.
His Royal Highness, President of the Football Association, presented the hard-working helpers with medals recognising their efforts, part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.
He told the guests: "At its best, football is a powerful force for good in society. It binds people from different backgrounds, communities, faiths and abilities - and gives them a common interest, a unifying identity.
"I believe, over its 150 years, football has remained a wonderful example of the power of community and of our ability to come together to organise and to enjoy a simple pastime."
The Duke of Cambridge joked that if a window was smashed, the footballer responsible would have to face his grandmother.
He said: "This magnificent home, Buckingham Palace, is at the heart of the nation, and so there cannot be a more fitting setting to celebrate our national game, and to celebrate all of you."
Speaking about The Queen, he added: "One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her."
The Duke of Cambridge watched the first 20 minutes of the hard-fought match, with both teams giving their all.
The Queen's lawn is more used to being trodden by garden party guests in their smart shoes and stiletto heels than footballers with their boots.
But the grass, which had been re-seeded in parts after a busy summer of events, held up well to the sliding tackles.
At half-time, Polytechnic were leading 1-0 but their half-time refreshments will probably never be better served.
Palace footmen and women wearing their uniforms of tail coats and scarlet waistcoats, carried paper cups of water, orange segments and Mars bars on silver-plated platters for the players.
A speech by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at The FA's Grassroots Heroes event at Buckingham Palace
Published on 7th October 2013
Thank you, Greg.
It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome you all here today. This magnificent home, Buckingham Palace, is at the heart of the nation, and so there cannot be a more fitting setting to celebrate our national game, and to celebrate all of you.
I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother’s lawn. One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her.
In fact, Her Majesty, who has been the proud Patron of The FA for 61 years, sends her regrets that she cannot join you today. The one small silver lining to Her Majesty not being present today is that there shouldn’t be any corgis running on to the pitch. The beautiful game has changed an awful lot during The Queen’s reign, but it remains the most loved game in the country, most probably the world.
Whilst it is a privilege to be President of The Football Association, if I am honest, for me, the role is more an extension of a personal passion. Football, in particular being a Villa supporter, has brought me a great deal of pleasure over the years. A chance to escape with friends and family and enjoy its virtues – teamwork, competition, endeavour and, more occasionally on my part, skill.
At its best, football is a powerful force for good in society. It binds people from different backgrounds, communities, faiths and abilities – and gives them a common interest, a unifying identity. I believe over its 150 years, football has remained a wonder ...Read full speech