Will Leeds United be crawling on together with new royal baby?

Mike Tindall during his playing days.
Mike Tindall during his playing days.
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Leeds United are poised to make a right royal signing – and he or she will be perfectly suited to away days at the Palace.

Otley-born Mike Tindall has revealed he is planning to get the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby a United shirt.

Former England rugby union captain Mike – husband of the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips – gave William and Kate’s first child, Prince George, a shirt from one of his old clubs.

But now it seems he’s aiming to turn their latest arrival into a fan of the round ball game.

Speaking on radio station talkSPORT, Mike said: “I got [George] a Gloucester shirt – I think this time it’s going to have to be a Leeds United shirt.”

If the baby ends up being bitten by the Leeds bug, it won’t be the first time a member of the Royal Family has followed the club.

The late Earl of Harewood supported the Whites from the age of nine and famously served as United president for 50 years.

His special place in the club’s history was underlined when Leeds legends including Jack Charlton, Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray and Howard Wilkinson attended his memorial service in 2011.

Expectant mum Kate has her own connections to the city of Leeds, with her father, Michael, having been born at Chapel Allerton Nursing Home in 1949.

His great-grandfather, Francis Martineau Lupton, was an alderman of Leeds whose brothers Charles and Hugh held the office of mayor.

Yet Kate’s Leeds ties may not be enough to persuade her hubby that supporting United is the right idea for their second child.

William is a big fan of Aston Villa and was even sent one of the club’s kits by their former chairman, Sir Doug Ellis, while he was a student.

Kate was expected to have her baby by the end of this month and said herself that it was set to arrive mid to late April.

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