Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Prince William takes Prince George and Princess Charlotte to watch Aston Villa beat Norwich City 5-1

The British royal family were in attendance at Carrow Road

In sporting parlance, Aston Villa gave Norwich City a royal beating in the Premier League on Saturday.

And it just so happened that Villa's 5-1 victory was witnessed by the royal family.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, took son Prince George, 6, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 4, to Carrow Road to cheer on Villa, for whom their father is a long-time supporter.

They were also accompanied by their mother Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and were treated to goals galore.

While George, wearing a Villa t-shirt, was animated as the goals flew in, his parents appeared to be explaining the rules to the children as they sat among the crowd of 27,045. Thankfully there were no big VAR incidents that can leave even the most experienced pundits scratching their heads.

It was the first time Villa have scored five goals in an away match since April 2008 when they won 6-0 at Derby County.

They were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to a brace from striker Wesley, before second half goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz sealed the victory. Josip Drmic netted a late consolation.

Villa manager Dean Smith said he will try to get his team's most famous fans a ticket for "every game if they need them" after Saturday's win.

"I will put a call in to see if we can get them on the (team bus) next game," he added.

Just a few months ago, Prince William was seen at Wembley as Villa won promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-off final. He was seen punching the air in celebration from a corporate box on that occasion.

Updated: October 6, 2019 11:06 AM

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