Prince William Shows 'Solidarity' with Paris by Heading to Soccer Match
The prince, who was not planning on going to the game between England and France on Tuesday, will now be in the stands
William, 33, is going to the game at Wembley Stadium as a “mark of solidarity” and a tribute to the city of Paris and its people, palace insiders tell PEOPLE. The prince had not planned on going to the match initially.
The game will go ahead in spite of the increased security fears across Europe in the wake of Friday’s attacks. Armed police will be on duty at the ground, which holds up to 90,000 people.
A total of at least 129 people were killed and 352 more were injured in a series of coordinated strikes across Paris on Friday.
On Monday evening, Wembley Stadium was lit up in red, white and blue in honor of France, like many landmarks around the world. The national motto of “Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité” was emblazoned along Wembley’s side as well.
The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility in a press release for Friday’s wave of carnage, mocking the “obscenity” and sinfulness of the French capital.