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FA, Aston Villa celebrate royal birth

July 22, 2013
By ESPN staff

The Football Association and Aston Villa have both congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child.

David Beckham alongside Prince William and David Cameron
GettyImages Prince William alongside fellow Aston Villa fan, Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby son weighing 8lbs 6oz at 4.24pm at St Mary's Hospital in London on Monday evening.

Prince William is the president of the FA and Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, said: "On behalf of The Football Association, I would like to congratulate their Royal Highnesses on the birth of their son. It is truly wonderful news.

"All of us at The FA wish the new family well and all the very best for the future."

Meanwhile, Aston Villa, who are the team that Prince William supports, have sent out a replica kit with the letters HRH and number 1 on the back to commemorate the birth.

A statement on the club’s official website, said: "Villa would like to extend congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy.

"The Duke is a huge Villa fan and it is hoped that his new son will be brought up in the claret and blue tradition.

"As a birthday present, Villa chiefs have sent the 8lbs 6oz tot a new kit with the appropriate letters 'HRH' and the number '1' on the back."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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