'Right, I'm off to Jordan': Fans swoon over Crown Prince Hussein (and his giant TV) after Prince William joined the 23-year-old to watch England's World Cup victory in his royal man cave
- Duke of Cambridge, 36, arrived in Amman for first leg of his tour of the West Bank on Sunday
- He was welcomed by Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, 23, a fellow graduate of Sandhurst
- During flight to Jordan he begged photographers not to tell him the score as the plane landed
- Then he settled down on a sofa with the Crown Prince to watch England's match that evening
- Prince William will travel to Israel tomorrow to meet the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Duke will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and visit the West Bank on five-day tour
Royal fans have gone wild for snaps showing Prince William watching the England match in Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan's royal 'man cave', but many were more interested in the young royal himself than the lavish surroundings.
After Kensington Palace shared photos of the pair watching the game at the Beit Al Urdun Palace admirers branded 23-year-old Hussein 'hot', and joked about booking flights to Jordan.
It's not the first time the royal has turned heads, as he regularly receives marriage proposals on Instagram thanks to brooding shots of him riding through the desert on his motorbike.
The historic performance in Nizhny Novgorod, which means England are through to the last 16 of the World Cup, was watched by 25million jubilant fans in pubs, bars and living rooms across the country.
For England fans around the world it would've been impossible to avoid news of the score - except for one man. Prince William managed to escape the results all day before watching a recorded version of the match hours after it had finished.
The Duke of Cambridge settled down with the Crown Prince of Jordan to watch England's match against Panama last night - after begging photographers not to tell him what the score was.
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The Royal man cave: The Duke of Cambridge watches England's match against Panama with the Crown Prince of Jordan in Amman. Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah asked his staff to record the match for his British guest
Prince William and the Crown Prince of Jordan enjoying some refreshments while watching the World Cup game on an enormous TV screen
Hat-trick hero Harry Kane clutched the match ball as he landed in St Petersburg after putting three goals past Panama in a historic World Cup win
Royal fans were very impressed by Crown Prince Hussein, 23, and joked about booking tickets to Jordan
The pair enjoyed some refreshments while watching the World Cup game on an enormous television in a luxurious man cave in Amman, Jordan.
The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of England's Football Association, began a historic five-day tour of the West Bank yesterday.
He arrived in Jordan for the start of a trip that will see him become the first member of Britain's royal family to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Duke touched down in Amman for a first leg billed as a chance to bond with Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, 23, a fellow graduate of Britain's Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.
Who is Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan?
A Western-educated trainee helicopter pilot with a huge Instagram following, Jordan's 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah has emerged as the fresh-faced future of the desert kingdom's monarchy.
Born on June 28, 1994, to King Abdullah and his glamorous wife Rania, Crown Prince Hussein has long been groomed to one day take over the Hashemite kingdom, where the monarch has broad executive and legislative powers.
He was officially appointed next-in-line at the age of just 15, before going on to study history at Washington's Georgetown University and following in his father's footsteps by attending Sandhurst.
The prince -- or His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II, to give him his full title -- should still have plenty of time to prepare to be king.
His 56-year-old father is young compared to other monarchs in the Arab world, and appears in good health.
Jordan's royal family claims to be descended from the Prophet Mohammed and took the throne with British backing in 1921 when the Emirate of Transjordan, modern Jordan's forerunner, was created from scratch.
In his downtime, the busy prince love to play football and has sent hearts fluttering with Instagram snaps showing him riding his motorbike through the Jordanian desert
Hussein is the '42nd-generation direct descendant' of the prophet, according to the prince's official website.
Abdullah has taken his son with him on official trips around the globe, giving him an upclose schooling in the intricacies of world affairs that should prove useful.
Jordan's rulers have traditionally trodden a careful path, maintaining a strong alliance with the West, while negotiating the minefield of Middle Eastern geopolitics.
The country borders war-torn Syria, houses vast numbers of Palestinians, has a peace treaty with Israel and manages the Muslim holy sites of Jerusalem.
Bolstering his credentials with the youth, Hussein has launched a series of initiatives aimed at young people, including an intern programme at US space agency NASA.
Holding talks with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi. Heading Jordan’s delegation at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
'He is close to the youth, their activities, their problems and their hobbies,' said Jordanian social activist Shaden Amarin, a 42-year-old bank employee.
'You see him playing football with his friends sometimes, and playing guitar at other times, or flying a military aircraft and formally presiding over a security council session.'
In 2015 he became the youngest person ever to chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
The royal presided over a debate on the role of youth in countering extremism and was praised by the secretary general Ban Ki Moon who said: 'He is not yet 21 years old – but he is already a leader in the 21st century.'
He's involved in various charities and projects, including Haqiq, a youth volunteering programme.
Enjoying downtime at the Mujib Nature Reserve in Jordan. With his father King Abdullah on military manoeuvres
He's also a supporter of Qusai, which trains sports therapists in First Aid and the Allgau- Orient Rally which incorporates projects by German donors and participants in the kingdom of Jordan.
His Crown Prince Foundation supports Generations Protected, which aims to steer young people away from drug and tobacco use.
Another organisation close to his heart is the Cochlear Implant Initiative which provides surgery and special education to deaf children so that they can attend regular schools.
He's visited hospitals during Ramadan to meet children who have undergone the life-changing surgery to help them hear. As well as his love of motorbikes, the Prince enjoys reading and sports - especially football - according to his official website.
At work with the Royal Jordanian Air Force at Muwaffaq Salti Airbase. Meeting young people at anti-addiction and anti-smoking workshops organized by Generations Protected Initiative
During a lengthy conversation about football, the Duke laughed as he pleaded with journalists travelling with him on the plane: ‘On pain of death, please don’t tell me the score!’
He later revealed that his host, the Crown Prince of Jordan, had told his staff to record the match so they could watch it over dinner later than evening.
Sure enough, the new friends nestled down on a sofa with some drinks to scrutinise England's performance in their second match of the tournament.
And after Kensington Palace released a photo on Twitter of the Duke and Prince watching a rerun of the match in a stunning living room, social media users were quick to show their appreciation.
England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory, thrashing their Group G opponents 6-1 in their second game of the tournament
6-0: Kane watches as he scores his fortuitous third goal to complete a hat-trick in England's rout against Panama at the World Cup
Kensington Palace informed Twitter that the Duke of Cambridge and the Crown Prince of Jordan were watching a rerun of England's match against Panama
'Great picture': Twitter users were quick to show their appreciation for the picture of the Duke and Prince watching the game intently
'Love it': Some social media users were enraptured by the Crown Prince of Jordan's good looks
'Check that telly out!' One person on Twitter was more concerned with how impressive the enormous television was
'Absolute lad': Twitter users were impressed by Prince William's relaxed evening with the Crown Prince
Prince William speaking at the British Embassy in Amman on Sunday. He praised the 'historic ties and friendship' between Britain and Jordan
The Duke of Cambridge raises a toast during the upbeat speech at the British Embassy in Amman during a reception on Sunday
William spoke at a reception at the British Embassy in Amman later on Sunday, praising the 'historic ties and friendship' between Britain and Jordan.
He also revealed that his wife the Duchess of Cambridge spent almost three years in Jordan as a child when her father worked there for British Airways.
Kate's family moved to Jordan in May 1984 when she was aged two and her sister Pippa was just eight months old.
She went to an English language nursery while her parents were in the country for almost three years, before they returned to Berkshire in 1986.
The Duke said she was 'very sorry' that she was not able to join him on the trip so soon after the April birth of their son Louis, later gushing about how much she 'loved' living in Jordan as a child.
'But her family remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child,' he said, adding that her positive experience is not unique.
'The interchange between our two countries is real and it's deep,' he said.
'Work, study, tourism and family links. Our historic ties and friendship are played out in the lives of thousands of people who consider both countries home.'
Prince William is greeted by Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah after touching down in Amman, Jordan's capital
Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah was stepping in for his father King Abdullah of Jordan, who is currently on a working visit to Washington, DC., accompanied by Queen Rania - when Prince William disembarked his official British government plane shortly after 4pm local time.
William met Rania Malki, chief executive of Save The Children in Jordan, during the evening reception at the British Embassy.
The charity boss said she knew the house where the Duchess lived while she was in Jordan because it is now the home of her children's paediatrician.
'No way!', the duke replied. 'She will be thrilled. She loved it here, she really did. She is very upset that I am coming here without her.'
The Duke of Cambridge speaks to guests at the British Embassy in Jordan during an evening reception on Sunday
The Duke talked animatedly with guests at the evening event in Jordan after touching down in Amman earlier in the day
Waiters wearing Union Jack-themed dicky bows at the lavish evening reception at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan
Blue skies and blazing sunshine greeted the prince for the start of the trip that he is said to be 'very much looking forward to'.
William, who wore a navy suit, white shirt and sky blue spotted tie, will be travelling around Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on behalf of the British Government.
Dozens of soldiers stood to attention in front of the British and Jordanian national flags, signifying the hugely important visit which Kensington Palace has said will 'build relationships which will last for decades to come'.
William looked relaxed and smiled broadly as he walked alongside the the Crown Prince down a red carpet which had been rolled out to welcome him as he stepped onto the tarmac of the Queen Alia International Airport in the Jordanian capital.
The Duke of Cambridge has been welcomed to Jordan by Crown Prince Hussein, 23, who is standing in for his parents King Abdullah and Queen Rania
Prince William has arrived in Jordan where he was greeted by Crown Prince Hussein, 23, a fellow graduate of Sandhurst
His visit to Amman will allow William to get to know Crown Prince Hussein, a fellow helicopter pilot and Sandhurst graduate (left). The Duke was greeted by a welcoming committee in Amman after disembarking from his flight
The Duke arrived at Marka airport, some 5km north-east of Amman, Jordan on an RAF flight
The Duke's first stop of the day was a tour and demonstration of the technology at FabLab, one of the initiatives of The Crown Prince Foundation, designed to enable young people to explore advance technology
Prince William meets young people involved in various initiatives from The Crown Prince Foundation in Jordan
This afternoon, William began his trip by learning about the Crown Prince Foundation, an initiative of the heir to the Jordanian throne, with a tour of 'FabLab', designed to enable young people to explore advance technology.
On a tour of a technology lab, the avid Aston Villa fan was asked to start up a laser cutter which swiftly produced his favourite club's crest on a wooden shield as a surprise for him.
'That's familiar,' he said with a smile when he spotted the Villa crest on the machine. 'Very good. You have done your research.'
William, 36, added: 'That's very impressive. Thank you very much.'
It was one of two Villa-themed gifts the second in line to the throne took away with him from the technology lab: he was also given a model of the gas tank on one of his beloved Ducati motorbikes bearing the Villa crest.
He was driven to the FabLab, on a business park in the Jordanian capital Amman, by the country's heir to the throne, Crown Prince Hussein, who wanted to showcase the work his foundation is doing to equip young people with technology skills. The lab is one of its initiatives.
Hussein, 23, a Sandhurst-trained second lieutenant in the Jordanian army, shares a passion for motorbikes with William and Instagram picture of him with his machine and his boyish good looks have made him something of an international heartthrob .
William was shown 3D printers, a drone, a robotic arm and other pieces of technology young people have created at the lab.
Crown Prince Hussein introduced him to some of the students, including Hashem Taamneh, 19, who explained the intricacies of a small drone to him. 'This is the first year he has been learning English,' the Crown Prince said of the student.
William was welcomed by Crown Prince Hussein at Amman's Marka military airport
The Duke was introduced to young people involved with The Crown Prince Foundation set up by his Jordanian counterpart
The Duke was interested to learn about developments using prosthetics being worked on by The Crown Prince Foundation
'Really,' William replied. 'He is clearly very clever because is leaning very fast.'
His own children are still infants but when the Duke was shown a robotic arm drawing beautiful patterns, he told students: 'This will be good for my children to start learning a bit of coding. It has to be helpful.'
Later tonight he will attend a Queen's birthday party at the residence of Britain's ambassador to Jordan, Edward Oakden.
The Duchess of Cambridge has not accompanied her husband on the trip as she is on maternity leave following the birth of their third child Prince Louis.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: 'The historic nature of this tour is of course important and the duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom.'
William was taken straight from the airport to his first engagement, a tour of 'FabLab', designed to enable young people to explore advance technology.
This princes undertook a tour and demonstration of the technology at FabLab, one of the initiatives of The Crown Prince Foundation, designed to enable young people to explore advance technology
The Duke's first stop of the day was to meet with young people who are involved in various initiatives from The Crown Prince Foundation
Prince William has arrived in Amman, Jordan for the start of a historic visit that will also see him visit Israel and Palestine
Britain's Prince William and Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II review the honour guard in Amman, Jordan
The Duke is set to visit the archeological site of Jerash and the British Army base near Amman during his visit
During his two day visit to Jordan, Prince William will visit the archeological site of Jerash as well as some education related projects and the British army base near the capital.
The second in line to the British throne will then head to Israel Monday evening to begin his history-making visit to the Jewish state and occupied West Bank.
He will hold talks with both Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
Kensington Palace has underlined the 'non-political nature of His Royal Highness's role - in common with all royal visits overseas', but the region is a minefield of sensitivities.
The visit comes at a particularly volatile time after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moved Washington's embassy there, sparking Arab outrage and deadly clashes.
Prince William's visit to Jordan, Israel and Palestine
SUNDAY 24th JUNE
Arrival in Amman
Tour of FabLab, an initiative of The Crown Prince Foundation, designed to enable young people to explore advance technology
Queen's Birthday Party at the Residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Jordan
MONDAY 25th JUNE
Visit to Jerash Archaeological site
Visit to the Jordan Armed Forces Arab Army base to see how UK armed forces are working with the Jordanian military.
A tour of the Princess Taghrid Institute, which helps local women and communities to support and train young people, women and orphans.
Engagement at Al Quds, a vocational training college with links to the Middlesex University, offering technical and vocational training for young Jordanian and Syrian refugee students.
Air Ambulance inspection at Mark Airport
Travel to Israel for official welcome
TUESDAY 26th JUNE
Visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum
Audience with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Audience with President Reuven Rivlin
Visit to the Equaliser football programme, Jaffa
British Embassy Garden Reception
WEDNESDAY 27th JUNE
Tech and Young People Event at the Beit Ha’ir Museum, Tel Aviv
Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian youth drama and musical performances
Reception at the residence of the British Consul-General in Jerusalem with representatives from Palestinian civil society, business, culture, and government
THURSDAY 28th JUNE
Visit to viewing point on the Mount of Olives
Visit to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene to pay respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice
Britain governed the region under a League of Nations mandate for almost three decades until Israel's independence 70 years ago, and is still blamed by both sides for sowing the seeds of a conflict that continues to wrack the region.
Ahead of William's arrival, the official schedule's reference to east Jerusalem as 'in the Occupied Palestinian Territories' sparked particular anger among some right-wing Israeli politicians.
Official visits by British royals take place at the request of the UK government, but statements from the prince's household have given little explanation for the timing of this trip.
Israel has long pushed for an official visit by a member of the British monarchy.
Crown Prince Hussein is hosting Prince William in the absence of his parents King Abdullah and Queen Rania who are in Washingto D.C.
The Duke will make history this week by becoming the first member of the British royal family to pay an official visit to Israel and Palestine
Other members of William's family - including his father Prince Charles - have made unofficial visits to Israel and east Jerusalem in the past.
During the trip, William will have plenty of reminders of the British role in the region.
In Jerusalem he will stay at the King David hotel, which was Britain's administrative headquarters during its rule of Palestine prior to Israeli statehood in 1948.
In 1946 militant Jews waging violent resistance against British rule bombed the building, killing and wounding scores of people, many of them British civil servants or military personnel.
A packed schedule will also see William meet with young people, British servicemen and Syrian refugees while in Jordan.
In Israel he will lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
He will visit the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and pay tribute at the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Greece, who was honoured by Israel for sheltering Jews during World War II.
In the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah he is also set to meet Palestinian refugees and youths.
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