Prince William Celebrates Aston Villa's Promotion To The Premier League With John Carew

Prince William wildly celebrated Aston Villa's promotion back to the Premier League alongside former Villain John Carew at Wembley.

After three seasons in the Championship, Villa will be back in the promised land next season after beating Derby County 2-1 in the play-off final.

Sitting in 13th place in March and with their play-off chances, Dean Smith's side embarked on a stunning run of results to finish the domestic campaign in fifth.

And they put last year's Wembley heartache behind them to seal a long overdue return to top-flight football.

Celebrations amongst Villa fans were wild and the cameras picked up the reaction of the future King of England, who embraced Villa hero Carew at the final whistle.

The Duke of Cambridge is anything but a gloryhunter or bandwagon-jumper as well. He's been a Villa fan from being young and picked them purely because he didn't want to follow the crowd.

Explaining how he became a Villain in a 2015 interview as per The Mirror, Prince William 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.

"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 2000. Sadly, Villa went on to lose to Chelsea.

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

Josh Lawless

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