Prince William looked delighted as he presented the Women’s FA Cup to Chelsea this afternoon as they reached the Wembley final.
The Prince of Wales, 40, looked proud as he shook hands and placed the 1-0 winner’s medals over their heads.
In the end, the final had been a close battle, with Manchester United beaten only by a goal from Sam Kerr.
A passionate Aston Villa fan and president of the FA, William was an outspoken supporter of the women’s game and presented the Lionesses with their European Championship trophy last summer.
The 40-year-old Prince of Wales looked proud as he shook hands and placed the 1-0 winner’s medals above their heads
Prince William, Prince of Wales, next to the most coveted FA Cup trophy earlier today
At the start of the game, after a smashing rendition of God Save the King, the prince donned a smart suit for the occasion and greeted the players before kick-off.
The Blues were strong favorites against United. Emma Hayes’ side have won 13 trophies in the last 11 years and victory over United secured the FA Cup for the third year in a row.
United made their first cup final, first Wembley appearance and a first failed chance at silverware for manager Marc Skinner.
Last night, the Princess of Wales made a spectacular surprise performance during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Prince, the president of the FA, is an outspoken supporter of the women’s game
Manchester United manager Marc Skinner shakes hands with Prince William, Prince of Wales and President of the FA ahead of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes shakes hands with Prince William, Prince of Wales
The 41-year-old royal opened the show with a touching piano performance as a tribute to Ukraine, in a beautiful bespoke off-the-shoulder Grecian-style gown by one of her favorite British designers, Jenny Packham.
The flowing dress, made of ‘Sapphire’ chiffon, dragged across the floor – and over the piano pedals – as the Princess of Wales played alongside last year’s Ukrainian winners, the Kalush Orchestra.
The princess, a longtime fan of British designer Jenny Packham, wore a similar gray dress to attend a charity gala at St. James’s Palace in London in 2011.
Kate has worn the royal ‘fringe’ earrings on several high-profile occasions, including Donald Trump’s state visit in 2019.
Prince William, Prince of Wales and president of the FA, looks on after shaking hands with Chelsea and Manchester United players
Kate’s stunning vibrant blue dress by Jenny Packham, worn as she played the piano to open Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest, replicated the blue of the Ukrainian flag, as she played alongside the war-torn Kalush Orchestra
Kate, an accomplished piano player, previously tinkled the ivories in public at the Royal Carols in 2021: Together At Christmas performs a rendition of Tom Walker’s “For Those Who Can’t Be Here.”
An estimated 160 million people worldwide watched last night’s show.
Each of the 26 acts battled to get the coveted glass microphone trophy, but it was Sweden that stormed to victory, with their act Loreen making history as the first woman to win the competition twice.
Loreen won with no less than 583 points, followed closely by Finland. Ukraine, meanwhile, scored an impressive 243 points after shooting up in the standings thanks to the public vote.
But Britain’s Mae Muller looked sad when the scores were read out for her performance and she finished the evening with just 24 points despite being among the top ten favourites.