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The Champions League final will have a royal touch on Wednesday evening as Prince William joins King Juan Carlos of Spain in the stands...

Prince William is in Rome to watch the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United as he cheers on the English champions in his role as president of the Football Association.

The member of the Royal family was invited to go to the match where he will perform several official duties for the FA before,during, and after the encounter.

In the build-up to the game, Prince William will meet King Juan Carlos of Spain, who will be supporting Barcelona and hoping for a repeat of the 2006 success in Paris.

The Spanish monarch often attends high profile sporting events along with his wife, Queen Sofia, and his son, Felipe, the Prince of Asturias, and his wife Letizia.

As well as meeting UEFA and FIFA representatives at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Prince William will record a message of support for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

"The prince will meet key FIFA and UEFA officials and other dignitaries in private before the match, during half-time and after the match," a spokesman for St James' Palace said.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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