Prince William turned 34 on Tuesday, and will reportedly spend his birthday privately with his family. The British royal was in France to cheer on England’s soccer team Monday night at the Euro 2016.
The sport-loving royal went to witness the match between England and Slovakia in the French city of Saint Etienne. He watched the game in his capacity as president of the Football Association. Before the match, William joined the team in singing the national anthem of the U.K. — “God Save the Queen.”
William looked dapper in a sharp blue suit, which he paired with a crisp white shirt and a navy and white striped tie. The prince was all smiles in the stands as he was joined by the chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke and British football executive David Gill. He also displayed his team spirit from the stands.
However, unfortunately for royal fans, William was not accompanied by his stylish wife Kate Middleton or his two kids Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Kate, who also loves sport, most likely stayed back home to look after the kids. Kensington Palace said in a statement that William will spend the first part of his birthday traveling back to the U.K.
The palace took to Twitter to announce the news of the Duke of Cambridge being in France.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 20, 2016
William, who is celebrating his 10th year as FA president, recorded a special video message for the England team on June 10 ahead of Euro 2016. He praised England’s excellent record on their way to the finals. He also hoped the tournament could be used as an inspiration for boys and girls to get involved in the game.
“Remember the nation is behind you,” said the prince. Meanwhile, both William and his younger brother Prince Harry are ardent soccer fans and every year on Christmas Eve they indulge in a game of soccer. The football match is played at their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate.