Villa fan Prince William watches League Cup final at Wembley

A jubilant Duke of Cambridge was pictured celebrating at Wembley as his beloved Aston Villa scored to give themselves hope in the League Cup final.

With Manchester City leading 2-0, the Birmingham side scored shortly before half-time, bringing fresh belief to the team and the future king out of his seat to celebrate wildly with two friends as striker Mbwana Samatta headed a cross into the net.

But the president of the Football Association, who sported a dark cap and coat, was pictured looking more sombre when the final whistle blew as City won 2-1.

The second in line to the throne is known to be a loyal follower of Villa, and took his son George, six, and the Duchess of Cambridge to a game against Norwich earlier this season.

In 2015, he told Gary Lineker he supported the team because all his school friends were either Manchester United or Chelsea fans and he wanted to be different.

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The Duke of Cambridge (left) celebrates his side's first goal in the stands during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
The Duke of Cambridge (right) celebrates his side's first goal in the stands during the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Aston Villa fan Prince William Duke of Cambridge watches on from the stands during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Aston Villa fan Prince William Duke of Cambridge watches on from the stands during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: An exhausted Tyrone Mings of Villa collapses after the final whistle as Manchester City flashes up on the advertising boards after the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Manchester City's Rodri (left) and Benjamin Mendy hold the Carabao Cup trophy as they celebrate winning the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy, David Silva, Claudio Bravo, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Sergio of Manchester City celebrates after winning the Cup during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa dejected at full time of the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Rodri celebrates the victory after winning the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Kyle Walker and John Stones of Manchester City lift the Carabao Cup trophy after the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Man City manager Pep Guardiola hugs Phil Foden during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City sings in the dressing room following Manchester City's victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Rodrigo of Manchester City poses with the trophy in the changing room after his sides victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City pose with the trophy following their sides victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Kyle Walker and John Stones of Manchester City celebrate with the Carabao Cup at full time of the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City and Noel Gallagher pose with the trophy following their sides victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Kyle Walker and John Stones of Manchester City celebrate with the Carabao Cup at full time of the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City and Noel Gallagher sing in the dressing room following Manchester City's victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: manager Dean Smith of Aston Villa gestures during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City plays with a camera after the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Noel Gallagher and John Stones of Manchester City pose with the trophy in the dressing room after the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Players of Manchester City celebrate following victory during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Kyle Walker of Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City pose with the trophy following their sides victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: A young Aston Villa supporter prior to the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Aston Villa FC/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Aston Villa Supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Aston Villa FC/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City pose with the trophy following their sides victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Kyle Walker of Man City closely inspects the base of the Carabao Cup trophy during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Man City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling celebrate winning the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Aston Villa v Manchester City - Carabao Cup - Final - Wembley Stadium 01-03-2020 . (Photo by EMPICS Sport/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Manuel Estiarte technical assistant and Claudio Bravo of Manchester City celebrate with Phil Foden during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: The players of Manchester City celebrate winning the Carabao Cup after the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Phil Foden with his man of the match trophy as he celebrates after winning the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: manager Pep Guardiola of Manchester City celebrates kissing Carabao Cup trophy during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Fernandinho and John Stones of Manchester City celebrate at full time while Jack Grealish of Aston Villa lays on the floor dejected during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa is consoled by Aston Villa manager Dean Smith during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left) celebrates with Gabriel Jesus after winning the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Bjorn Engles of Aston Villa reacts after the defeat during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Fernandinho of Manchester City with Carabao Cup trophy during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Phil Foden of Manchester City reacts at the final whistle during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
Manchester City fans celebrate the score after the final whistle at the end of the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Rodrigo of Manchester City scores their second goal past Orjan Nyland of Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Mbwana Samatta of Aston Villa celebrates with teammate after scoring a goal during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Mbwana Samatta of Aston Villa scores for Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrate with hes team Phil Foden mate after scoring 1st goal goal during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Rodrigo of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko after scoring his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Rodrigo of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Rodrigo of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Sergio Aguero after scoring his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
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He said: "A long time ago at school I got into football big time.

"I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn't want to follow the run of the mill teams.

"I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me the more emotional rollercoaster moments.

"Aston Villa's always had a great history.

"I have got friends of mine who support Aston Villa and one of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa back in about 2000.

"It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans with my red beanie on, and I was sat with all the Brummie fans and I had a great time.

"It was just the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt that there was something I could connect with."

Aston Villa are currently struggling in the Premier League and are threatened with relegation.

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