King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla got to tour a soccer pitch in North Wales this week with a couple of big-time Hollywood actors.
The royal couple paid a visit to the Wrexham Association Football Club at Wrexham Stadium on Friday to learn more about its redevelopment, and were met there by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney who purchased the club in 2020. During the trip, Charles and Camilla were first welcomed to the Racecourse Ground stadium by local officials before being led through the Player’s Tunnel to give them the same experience as the professional players. They then met with Wrexham executives Fleur Robinson and Humphrey Kerr, and were personally escorted onto the field by the two actors.
Reynolds and McElhenney’s ownership of the third oldest professional football club in the world was also the subject of the FX docuseries Welcome to Wrexham released on Hulu in August. According to a press release from the network, the show “tracks the dreams and worries of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club.” The two stars originally purchased the team, despite having no experience in football, with “the hopes of turning the club into an underdog story the whole world could root for.” The Wrexham team was established in 1864 and is one of Wales’s oldest football clubs, and the Racecourse Ground is the oldest international stadium in the world that still hosts international games. The team has also won the Welsh World Cup a record 23 times.
After chatting for a bit with Reynolds and McElhenney, the King and Queen Consort went on to meet and pose for some photos with the First, Women’s and Youth Teams based in Wrexham. The royals then personally greeted a number of Wrexham AFC personnel scattered throughout the Macron Stand, including coaches, medics, and admins. Charles and Camilla followed that up by stopping in to see the team’s strategic advisor Shaun Harvey, as well as some contractors and architects working on the job, to learn more about the ongoing development of the football club.
The last time Reynolds and McElhenney got together was for an equally important, but decidedly less glamorous reason—raising awareness about colon cancer in men. Back in September, the two actors released a video in which they both underwent their first-ever colonoscopy to shed light on this illness and how it can be prevented. Reynolds and the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star teamed up with Lead From Behind, a colon cancer awareness organization that works in association with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
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