As King Charles III's coronation fast approaches, the Royals will be hot on everyone's lips over the coming days.

This will be no different for Reading, who play their final match of the season on Bank Holiday Monday, so not to clash with the coronation.

But why are a second tier football team known as 'The Royals'?

Reading Chronicle:

Well very simply, the club are based in the Royal county of Berkshire.

One of the home counties, it was not until 1957 that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognised Berkshire as Royal, and the letters patented (a legal, published letter from the monarch) were issued in 1974.

Reading is the county town of Berkshire.

Founded in 1871, the oldest professional football club in the south of England, Reading are the only professional club in Berkshire.

Originally known as the Biscuitmen due to the town's prominent biscuit factory, Huntley and Palmers, it was not until this closed in 1976 that ideas of a new nickname were suggested.

Known as the Royals for generations, it is a key part of the football club's identity.

A crown can be seen on the club's badge, a nod to the royal link with the town and the county.