The Prince and Princess of Wales have paused their summer holidays to send a heartfelt message to the Lionesses during the Women's World Cup. After securing a 6-1 victory against China on Tuesday, England is now advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. Prince William and Kate's official Twitter account retweeted a post from the Lionesses, showing their support. The retweet included the words, “We're all cheering you on @Lionesses! Good luck for the knockout stages [football emoji].” Prince William, who has been the president of the Football Association since 2006, has been a strong advocate for promoting and supporting women's football. Prior to the World Cup, he visited the Lionesses at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, to extend his well-wishes to the players and staff.
William pleasantly shocked head coach Sarina Wiegman by bestowing an honorary CBE upon her. The royal humorously remarked that he doesn't typically “travel up and down the country to present them,” but emphasized that Sarina was the most deserving individual for this recognition.
Amidst the team's applause and cheers, Sarina expressed her genuine surprise, saying: “I really did not expect this. It’s very beautiful.”
She graciously acknowledged the honor, emphasizing the collective effort of the team, and felt deeply touched by the recognition. She concluded by expressing her excitement for creating more historic moments together.
William, a father with three children, was accompanied by his daughter, Princess Charlotte, as they posted a video to wish the Lionesses good luck ahead of the Euro 2022 final. The Prince began by expressing, “Both of us want to extend our best wishes to the Lionesses for tonight. You have performed incredibly well in the competition, and we are supporting you wholeheartedly.” Charlotte concluded the video by saying, “Good luck, I hope you emerge victorious. Goodbye.”
William, along with presenting the trophy to the Lionesses, witnessed a thrilling Euro final where the England squad triumphed over Germany with a 2-1 victory. Looking ahead, the Lionesses are scheduled to compete against Nigeria in the upcoming round on Monday, 7th August.
Where are William and Kate enjoying their summer holidays?
The customary practice of the Prince and Princess of Wales is to spend the school summer holidays privately with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. They usually prefer to reside at their Norfolk residence, Anmer Hall, during part of the break. Additionally, there is a possibility that they will join King Charles for his inaugural summer retreat at Balmoral.