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William's Fist-Pumping Soccer Celebration Was Fit For A Prince

Football fan first, Royal Family Member second.

That's basically a description of who Prince William was overnight, as he celebrated the promotion of Aston Villa to the English Premier League.

Wills is a big Villa fan. But it's been tough time for the Birmingham-based club in recent years, after they were relegated from the EPL in 2016.

For three seasons, Villa languished in "The Championship" -- English football's second tier competition. This was him in the difficult times last year.

Aston Fizza. Image: Getty

But Villa could win their way back to the EPL if they won against Derby County in a one-off playoff early Tuesday morning (AEST).

The result? Well it was tense for a while there...

But we've written this story, so you already know it. Yep, it was 2-1 to the "Villains".

Wills, watching with his mate and former Aston Villa striker John Carew, gave a royal fist pump.

And then like any footy fan, it was all about cheering and hugging and generally carrying on like a pork chop.

His Royal Footyness wasn't the only one.

Aston Thrilla! (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

For the record, Prince William follows Villa because most of his mates at school were Manchester United or Chelsea fans. As he told English football legend Gary Lineker a few years ago, he wanted to follow a team who could give him "more emotional rollercoaster moments".

This attitude is dangerously close to hipsterdom, but we'll say no more in case we get into trouble with the Queen.