The prince is in France to watch England's soccer team take on Slovakia

By Simon Perry
Updated June 20, 2016 04:00 PM
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Soccer fanatic Prince William will wake up in France on his birthday after cheering on England’s soccer team on Monday night.

William, who turns 34 on Tuesday, headed to the match between England and Slovakia in the French city of Saint Etienne. He ll travel back home early on Tuesday and will spend his birthday “privately,” a royal source tells PEOPLE.

William attended Monday night s game as president of the Football Association, which runs the game in England.

Just before the game began, William joined in singing the English national anthem, “God Save the Queen.”

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Last week, England beat Wales as part of the European Championships and drew their first game against Russia. England drew 0-0 and finished second in their group Tuesday.

The prince recently sent the team a good luck video message, saying “remember, the nation is behind you.”

Both William and his younger brother Prince Harry are passionate soccer fans.

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Each year, they take to the field for a Christmas Eve match at their grandmother Queen Elizabeth‘s Sandringham Estate. And even though it’s a playful match, the brothers always take the game very seriously!