Derbyshire’s oldest referee will be presented with an award by Prince William at Buckingham Palace to mark his contribution to the game.
86-year-old Harry Hardy from Ilkeston will be given the medal for services to grass roots football at a special reception on Monday (October 7).
Harry said: “It was a total surprise when I got the letter.
“I couldn’t believe it, I’m really excited, it’s not every day you get dinner at the palace.”
Harry will take his youngest son Philip along to the event where the first ever football match to be played in the grounds of Buckingham Palace will take place.
Harry will join the other 149 volunteers being honoured watching the game between the country’s two oldest teams, The Civil Service Football Club and Polytechnic FC.
Asked if he would be refereeing the tie he replied: “Not likely.”
Read about Harry’s visit in next week’s Advertiser out on October 10.