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Delighted fans flocked back to Wembley on Saturday with over 20,000 set to watch the FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea. 

English football's showpiece occasion is the latest of a series of Government pilot events to return fans to sporting events as the United Kingdom continues to follow its roadmap out of lockdown.

The Duke of Cambridge will be one of 21,000 in attendance at the national stadium, including 6,250 supporters of each team.

Young Leicester fans Rocco and Charlie Vine were among the early arrivals at Wembley ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final

Young Leicester fans Rocco and Charlie Vine were among the early arrivals at Wembley ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final

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Leicester supporters Gurmukh Singh and his nephew Arjun Singh make the walks along Wembley Way towards the stadium

Leicester supporters Gurmukh Singh and his nephew Arjun Singh make the walks along Wembley Way towards the stadium

Leicester fans Mark, John and Jayden were among the lucky ticket-holders and came armed with the traditional tinfoil FA Cup

Leicester fans Mark, John and Jayden were among the lucky ticket-holders and came armed with the traditional tinfoil FA Cup 

These Leicester City fans arrived at Wembley early and braved the rain showers as they got ready for the FA Cup final

These Leicester City fans arrived at Wembley early and braved the rain showers as they got ready for the FA Cup final

Leicester have reached four FA Cup finals in the past - the last time coming back in 1969 - but have never won the competition

Leicester have reached four FA Cup finals in the past - the last time coming back in 1969 - but have never won the competition 

The remainder of the crowd will consist of residents from the Brent area that surrounds Wembley, invited key workers and Football Association guests.

Everyone attending was required to return a negative lateral flow Covid-19 test before travelling to the stadium. Proof of this had to be provided by email or text message to gain entry to Wembley. 

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Seats are disinfected at Wembley Stadium a day ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City

Seats are disinfected at Wembley Stadium a day ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City 

Surfaces in the press box at Wembley Stadium are wiped down with disinfectant ahead of Saturday's showpiece final

Surfaces in the press box at Wembley Stadium are wiped down with disinfectant ahead of Saturday's showpiece final

The final will see Wembley at just under a quarter of its 90,000-capacity despite mounting fears that the Indian Covid variant could push back the planned exit from restrictions in England on June 21.

Government scientists warned on Friday night that the new strain is 'realistically' 50 per cent more infectious than the Kent strain.

They said that if the Indian strain took hold, there could be 10,000 more people hospitalised per day by the Autumn and the possibility of 1,000 deaths per day by summer.

Scientists believe vaccines are less effective against the variant and the rapid spread of the virus among younger people could out-pace the successful programme of vaccination across the UK.

A Warwick University model of a more infectious variant after lockdown is completely lifted on June 21 suggests that any more than a 30 per cent increase in transmissibility compared to the Kent variant could lead to an August peak of daily hospital admissions that is higher than either the first or second wave. In a

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