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Duke of Cambridge hails Villa in visit to Birmingham
Prince William impressed with claret and blue troops.
29th Nov 2013
Duke of Cambridge hails Villa in visit to Birmingham


The Duke of Cambridge loves Villa - and he reiterated his support at a visit to Birmingham this afternoon.

Prince William toured the facilities of Carole Gething House in Small Heath, The Library of Birmingham, Summerfield Community Centre and South and City College Birmingham.

The Duke praised the work being done to help young people at risk of ending up living on the street during the visit to Carole Gething House - a homeless shelter.

The facility - part of a network of centres in the Midlands - offers a safe, supported environment, accommodation and access to training and education, and the Duke told his hosts he was "bowled over" by the charity's work after meeting the young residents.

But he also took time out to praise his favourite football club as he addressed guests.

He said: "When it comes to Premier League football clubs, this is the first city in my opinion!"

And one of the residents at the shelter, Jasmine, made the Duke a special t-shirt featuring our crest.

The appreciative words about Villa were a brave move from the Duke in an area of staunch Blues supporters.

This visit comes hot on the heels of his meeting with Christian Benteke and Stiliyan Petrov.

Benteke and Petrov were part of a select audience at Kensington Palace when the Duke performed an acoustic version of Livin' On A Prayer with Jon Bon Jovi - before they presented him with two Villa shirts.

The 22-year-old striker and the former Villa captain were formally invited to Prince William's Winter Whites Gala evening at which more than £1million was raised for youth homeless organisation Centrepoint.

It was the first time that either Benteke or Petrov have met the Duke, who is a Villa fan, and their warm reception at the Palace, which was decked out in the style of a winter wonderland, with fake snow, fir trees and icicles, was a proud moment for both.

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