Prince William sings French national anthem
Britain’s Prince William paid tribute to victims of the Paris attacks by singing the French national anthem at the England v France match last night (17.11.15).
The Duke of Cambridge – who is the president of the Football Association (FA) – joined thousands of both French and English fans in singing La Marseillaise at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The ground was lit up in the colours of the French flag – red, white and blue – and emblazoned with the motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité written in lights across one side.
Prince William, England manager Roy Hodgson and France manager Didier Deschamps each laid a wreath on the pitch ahead of the match.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the 33-year-old royal would be attending the friendly despite one of Friday’s (13.11.15) attacks taking place at the French national stadium, the Stade de France.
However, there was heightened security in place with armed police patrolling the stadium and carrying out compulsory bag checks.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “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. 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.”