Prince William and George attended Aston Villa's match against Lille on Thursday. It was the couple's first public appearance since Princess Kate's cancer announcement.

The future king is a keen Aston Villa supporter. He paid tribute to player Rachel Daly, who retired from international football to focus on the club's women's team. He is expected to return to public activities after the Easter break, which they are spending or have spent at their Amner Hall mansion in Norfolk. The little prince, his sister Charlotte and his brother Louis still have a few days of vacation: they will not return to their private school in Berkshire until April 17. The couple and their children did not take part in the traditional Easter church service at St. George's Chapel, west London, at the end of March. King Charles made a remarkable return there, despite the illness which also affected him. There is no indication at the moment that William andGeorge will return to Birmingham on Sunday for the meeting between Aston Villa and Arsenal.