WA Premier Mark McGowan invites Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Perth for football show


The Perth International Football Festival will bring some of the biggest sporting names on the planet to WA later this month, but Mark McGowan hopes it can also attract some very royal fans – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In what would be a huge publicity stunt for the state, the Prime Minister wrote to Clarence House in London – the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall – to invite the future king and his young family to watch his beloved Aston Villa take on Manchester United.

“Our official invitation to the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Western Australia sends a powerful message to the world that we are open – open to visitors, open to workers and open to major events,” Mr McGowan said.

“His Highness The Duke of Cambridge is not only the President of the (UK) Football Association, he is also a huge Aston Villa fan, so what better way to watch his favorite team play than here in Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital.”

English Premier League powerhouses Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Aston Villa play each other on July 22-23 at the Optus Stadium.

Manchester United will face Aston Villa, Crystal Palace will face Leeds United.

Prince William enthusiastically cheered on his team with his son Prince George of Cambridge at games in London and no doubt his other children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – who stole the show during the Platinum Jubilee of the queen – would love a trip to Perth to meet a quokka or two.

Camera iconAston Villa supporters Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have been invited to come to Perth for the July football spectacle. Credit: WPA pool/Getty Images

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is also set to make the trip west for July’s football spectacle.

“A long time ago at school I was very interested in football,” Prince William is reported to have said.

“All my friends at school were Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow ordinary teams.

“I wanted to have a more midfield team that could give me more emotional roller coaster moments.

“Aston Villa has always had a great history.”

Mr McGowan wrote to the Royal Family last month but has yet to hear whether the Cambridges will return below.

The young royals last visited Australia in 2014.

Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to travel to WA for the tour.
Camera iconManchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to travel to WA for the tour. Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

William and Kate had also planned to visit Australia in 2020, following January’s devastating bushfires, but the pandemic derailed that visit.

There was speculation they would travel to Australia in April, but Princess Anne came instead – opening the 200th Sydney Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

Reports suggest the young royals would love to return to Australia, including Perth – where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2011.

“Inviting William and Kate to Perth is an exciting opportunity to further promote our vibrant and vibrant city, which offers visitors from around the world a unique lifestyle and experiences that simply cannot be found elsewhere,” said Mr. McGowan.

All four teams are expected to bring strong squads to Perth, with Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo set to make the trip.

“Attracting four of the greatest teams in the history of English football is a major blow for Perth, which will expose our city and our state to millions of people who follow the famous players who will present what we have to offer to their very many social media followers,” Mr. McGowan said.

“The Football Festival is just one part of our major events strategy, which has already generated significant economic and social benefits for our state with last Sunday’s sold-out home state game. , as well as this weekend’s clash between the Wallabies and England and the Super Netball Grand Final.”


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