Prince William and George in first public outing since Kate Middleton's cancer announcement

William and George were in the crowd at Villa Park
William and George were in the crowd at Villa Park -Credit:TNT Sports 3

Prince William and his son George have been seen in their first public outing since Kate Middleton's cancer announcement.

The two princes were seen attending an Aston Villa match together at the Villa Park stands in Birmingham on Thursday. Prince William was seen smiling and applauding while George sported an Aston Villa scarf as the pair celebrated the club’s 2-1 win against Lille in the first leg of the Europa Conference League quarter-final.

William was seen turning to his son to say something as he applauded Ollie Watkins’ opening goal for the club. In March, the Princess of Wales, 42, revealed she is undergoing treatment for cancer in an emotional video message.

She, the Prince of Wales and their three children, all missed the Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor castle, following the announcement, despite attending last year. The family spent the Easter holiday together as they adjusted to Kate’s diagnosis, which was discovered in post-operative tests after major abdominal surgery.

In the message revealing the diagnosis, she said: “This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family. As you can imagine, this has taken time.

“It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be OK.”

The royal pair celebrated the opening goal
The royal pair celebrated the opening goal -Credit:TNT Sports 3

Since revealing the diagnosis, the Prince and Princess of Wales are said to be “enormously touched” and “extremely moved” by the public’s warmth and support. The King, who has been carrying out low-key official duties behind palace walls, made his most significant public appearance at the Easter Sunday service since his own cancer diagnosis was announced at the start of February.

He was described by the palace as being “so proud” of the princess for her courage in speaking out and is said to be in “the closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law”. William has long been a football fan and posted a message congratulating the Lionesses’ Rachel Daly on her retirement on the Prince and Princess of Wales social media accounts earlier this week.

Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - Sign up to our daily newsletter here.