Burnley fan King Charles III once squirmed at sight of another team’s shirt

King Charles once squirmed at the sight of another football team’s shirt.

The royal was presented with a Cardiff City football shirt after meeting young offenders while taking part in a 'Get Started with Football' programme – run by the Prince's Trust during a visit to Parc Prison in 2015.

With a man gesturing to King Charles with the top, the King is seen with a sour face, looking wayward. And it is of course because he is a Burnley supporter.

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In 2012 it came to light that the newly-installed king was a Claret supporter – even though he was born in London, at Buckingham Palace.

He revealed his love of the club at a reception and dinner for the British Asian Trust in 2012. He said: "Some of you asked this evening whether I support a British football club and I said, 'Yes, Burnley.'

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"And people have responded 'Burnley?' Oh, yes, because Burnley has been through some very challenging times and I'm trying to find ways of helping to regenerate and raise aspirations and self-esteem in that part of the world."

His reply delighted the club, who gave him a season ticket for his kind words, and the newly-crowned King Charles has been seen at Turf Moor on numerous occasions since.

A spokesperson said: "It's no surprise to see Charles reaffirming his support for Burnley Football Club as we know he keeps a close eye on our results.

"In fact, as part of our new season ticket package, we are sending a complimentary VIP season ticket to Charles and we hope to see him cheering on the Clarets from the directors' box next season."

The Queen – the longest–serving monarch in British history – died on Thursday, shocking the nation. In her place is her eldest child – the now-called King Charles III.

In a statement on Thursday evening, the King said: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”


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