Prince William and Brother Harry Get Down and Dirty in Christmas Eve Soccer Game: Photos

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Prince William and his brother Harry got down and dirty as they played in a Christmas Eve charity soccer game. Danny E. Martindale/GC Images

They normally play on opposing teams, but this year Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, played for the same side in their annual Christmas Eve charity soccer match.

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Wearing yellow and black striped shirts, the royals did some stretches and pushups before they took to the rain-soaked field at the queen’s country estate of Sandringham in Norfolk, England.

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And it was soon clear that their fellow players weren’t giving the princes any special treatment — Harry, 31, landed on his knees after being tackled two minutes into the game, according to The Telegraph.

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Prince Harry landed on his knees early in the game. Danny E. Martindale/GC Images

At halftime, the royals chatted with the other players as they drank water and sucked on orange segments.

Early in the second half of the 90-minute game, it was William, 33, who got hurt — he appeared to limp slightly after an opponent stood on his toe.

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While neither prince ended up scoring a goal, their team won the game 4–1.

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Prince William wore Aston Villa socks in honor of his favorite U.K. soccer team. Danny E. Martindale/GC Images

Last year William missed the annual event after hurting his ankle in an earlier game of soccer, leaving Harry to play with Kate Middleton‘s brother, James.

As Us Weekly previously reported, William, Kate and their two children, George, 2, and Charlotte, 7 months, are spending Christmas at Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom home in Norfolk. The couple have set up a locally sourced 9-foot pine tree at the country estate, and George “had a blast putting up decorations,” a family source told Us.

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Doting dad William said earlier this month that he’s bracing himself for the holiday. “My George will be bouncing around like a rabbit,” he said in an interview with U.K. magazine The Big Issue. “If I get any sleep on Christmas Eve, it’ll be good.”

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