The royal opted to attend the game following the terrorist attacks in the City of Light
William attended the England vs. France game at Wembley Stadium in London as a mark of “solidarity,” as a palace source called it, with those caught up in the horrors in the French capital.
The prince is President of the Football Association, which runs the game in England, and wasn’t expected to be at the game. But he announced his change of plan late Monday as he wished to show his camaraderie with the country across the English channel.
A Kensington Palace spokesman says, “Tonight’s game is a chance to pay tribute to the bravery and resolve of the French people and the French team, who were of course affected directly by Friday’s attacks.
“Continuing play on Friday after the first bomb went off saved many lives and foiled the terrorists’ plan to take advantage of a panicked response at the Stade de France.
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“Going ahead with tonight’s game is a powerful message of Britain’s friendship and partnership with France in the face of people who are intent on dividing societies.”
Before the game, England fans were encouraged to sing La Marseillaise anthem – the lyrics in French and English were printed in some newspapers – while the stadium had also been lit up in the red, white and blue and emblazoned with the motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité written in lights across one side.
In a sign of the heightened security alert across Europe, armed police were patrolling the 90,000-capacity ground on the north-western suburbs of London.
Earlier, William and wife Kate signed the book of condolence at the French Embassy in London as a mark of respect following what William called the “heartless attacks.”