His Royal Highness Prince William has officially made the decision not to attend the FA Cup Final as the timings will not permit him to attend both his brother’s wedding and the game on Saturday the 19th of May this year. As President of the Football Association – a post he has held for 12 years – the Duke of Cambridge had been trying to find a way to attend both occasions since it was revealed that they would be held on the same day.
Until this official confirmation there had been speculation that the prince might consider taking a helicopter from Windsor Castle to Wembley, which would potentially allow him to attend the match in between the wedding ceremony – which is due to begin at noon in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – and the evening reception at nearby Frogmore House, which will see 200 guests hosted by The Prince of Wales.
Though the FA has not yet announced an official start time, recent years have seen matches kick off at 5.30pm and with the possibility of the game running into extra time there is too great a risk of a conflict. Therefore the decision has formally been made that it is impossible for Prince William to attend both events. Though the prince no doubt feels frustrated that he will not be able to attend in his capacity as FA President, his brother’s wedding must, understandably, take precedence.
Though Prince Harry has not made any formal announcement confirming suspicions that he has chosen his older brother to be his Best Man, it’s widely expected that he will as he stood as Best Man for Prince William when he married the Duchess of Cambridge – then Catherine Middleton – at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
The FA has not yet specified who they may have to replace Prince William at the match.