A beaming Duke of Cambridge put on a heartfelt display as he presented the Lionesses with their trophy following their Euro 2022 victory last night.
Prince William, 40, who sent a sweet video of encouragement to the team with his daughter Princess Charlotte, seven, gave the players heartfelt handshakes, words of encouragement, and even hugs as they made their way down the presentation line following the 2-1 win over Germany.
The royal, who has met the team on a number of occasions as President of the Football Association, gave captain Leah Williamson a hug, shared a joke with goalkeeper Mary Earps and appeared particularly familiar with longest-serving Lioness Jill Scott.
The Queen led members of the Royal Family in paying tribute to England’s women’s team following their extraordinary performance in the tournament, writing: ‘You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.’
Prince William added in an Instagram post: ‘Sensational. An incredible win @lionesses and the whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all. Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley, congratulations!’
Prince William, 40, gave England captain Leah Williamson a heartfelt hug after the Lionesses’ victory against Germany
The Duke of Cambridge has spent time with a number of England players over the years in his role as President of the FA. His friendly relationship with Leah Williamson (left last night and right together in June ahead of the tournament) was clear
The Duke of Cambridge appeared particularly friendly with veteran player Jill Scott, who has been part of the England team for 16 years
The royal was beaming as he shook hands with Beth Mead, who put on a fierce battle during the game
Jovial Prince William shared a joke with goalkeeper Mary Earps following the England victory. His daughter Charlotte is said to be practising her goalkeeping skills
The Duke of Cambridge shared heartfelt words with Chloe Kelly following her extraordinary winning goal against Germany
The Duke of Cambridge got to know the Lionesses at a visit to the team’s training camp at St George’s Park in June ahead of Euro 2022
The Duke of Cambridge posted a video to his official Twitter account this morning in which he and Charlotte shared their support for the Lionesses
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Prince William was on hand to cheer on the Lionesses at Wembley, after sharing a video message with his daughter Princess Charlotte wishing the team luck.
The Duke of Cambridge posted a video to his official Twitter account in which he and Charlotte shared their support for the Lionesses.
‘We both want to wish the lionesses the best of luck tonight, you’ve done amazingly well in the competition and we’re rooting for you all the way!’ Will exclaimed, before Charlotte chipped in: ‘Good luck, I hope you win. Bye!’
Prince William, a lifelong Aston Villa fan, has previously revealed that both Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, are big football fans.
Just last month he met members of the England squad at their St George’s Park training ground in Burton-on-Trent, where he mentioned Charlotte was ‘really good in goal’.
Prince William’s close relationship with several members of the England squad was clear to see. As President of the Football Association, the royal has met the team a number of times over recent years.
He appeared particularly close with veteran player Jill Scott, who has been part of the England set-up for 16 years.
The Duke of Cambridge leaned down to give Jill a heartfelt hug when she approached him in the line yesterday evening.
Scott and the Prince have known each other for around ten years. Scott actually wiped out the Prince with a rather hard challenge at a charity match.
The 35-year-old midfielder said: ‘The running joke whenever he sees us is, “No yellow cards this tournament Jill!”‘
The Duke of Cambridge could not contain his excitement as he shook the hands of all the players
The Duke of Cambridge handed the trophy to a beaming Leah Williamson as the team celebrated their victory
The royal went in for a hug as he congratulated captain Leah Williamson for the win against Germany
Prince William, 40, who sent a sweet video of encouragement to the team with his daughter Princess Charlotte, seven, this morning, was there to celebrate with the team, who snatched the Women’s Euro title after winning 2-1 against Germany at Wembley
A proud Duke of Cambridge looked on as England celebrated their well-deserved win at Wembley
William also shook heads with Head Coach Sarina Wiegman and congratulated her for the win
The royal warmly shook the hand of Arsenal forward Beth Mead after England’s victory
Meanwhile, Prince William spoke with England captain Leah Williamson while visiting the England Women’s football team at St. George’s Park on June 15 this year.
Williamson told She Kicks Magazine Prince William asked about ‘our wellbeing, how we cope with everything’ as they chatted last month.
She said: ‘How somebody so important can make you feel so comfortable and has a genuine interest in how you are, it says a lot about him.’
The Duke of Cambridge received three England shirts with the names of his children on from the team.
Prince William spoke with England captain Leah Williamson while visiting the England Women’s football team at St George’s Park on June 15 this year
Williamson told She Kicks Magazine Prince William asked about ‘our wellbeing, how we cope with everything’ as they chatted last month
She said: ‘How somebody so important can make you feel so comfortable and has a genuine interest in how you are, it says a lot about him’
She added it was ‘special’ the Duke of Cambridge came down to see them and said it meant a lot to have his support
The Prince met the squad and the managerial team ahead of their win against Germany in the Euros final on Sunday
England’s tactical mastermind Sarina Wiegman smiled as she spoke to the Prince only a month ahead of the team’s historic win against Germany
The Duke of Cambridge received three England shirts with the names of his children on from the team. He posed with the shirts alongside Rachel Daly (left) and Millie Bright (right)
The Prince met a number of the current England team including Jill Scott (back row, third from left) when he held a reception for the England Women football team at Kensington Palace on July 13, 2017. Scott received an MBE in 2020 with a personal message from William
The Prince is also familiar with striker Fran Kirby after he played table football with her at an event in London in 2020
He celebrated with the Chelsea striker and his other teammates, which included Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend (left) and Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa (second left)
The Prince is also familiar with striker Fran Kirby after he played table football with her at an event in London in 2020.
Prolific striker Kirby was part of the Prince’s winning team at the event to promote talking about mental health.
Minutes after the victory, the Queen shared a heartfelt tribute to the Lionesses, writing: ‘My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women’s Football Championships. It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.
‘The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise. However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.
‘You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations. It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.’
Prince William also congratulating the losing team for making it to the final of the tournament
The Duke of Cambridge shared his commiserations with Germany’s Lena Oberdorf who won Young Player of the Tournament
The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association, supported the team throughout their final clash
William put on an animated display as he watched the team battle it out against Germany
The 87,192-strong attendance in the stadium smashed the record for either a men’s or women’s Euros final saw the team end more than 50 years of hurt by delivering the nation’s first major football trophy since 1966.
In extra time Chloe Kelly fired them into the history books after beating Germany in a tight final that captivated 15million at home and tens of thousands watching in pubs and fan parks across the country.
Today thousands of fans will be able to celebrate England’s Euros win with the players in London later. Up to 7,000 supporters will have the opportunity to join the team for a daytime event hosted by veteran Lioness Alex Scott in Trafalgar Square, where fans were dancing in the fountains last night.
Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly, who scored the decisive goal against Germany in overtime, where ecstatic as they celebrated
Head coach Sarina Wiegman and her team also got to hold the tournament’s trophy after England’s win
Forward Fran Kirby, who played an instrumental role in the game, raised her hand to the sky as she held the trophy
Supporters will be able to gain free entry on a first-come first-served basis from 11am on Monday, and can enjoy live music from DJ Monki while tournament highlights are shown on screens.
The players and their manager, Sarina Wiegman, will take part in a Q&A session before lifting the trophy.
The event has been organised by the Greater London Authority, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Westminster Council, and will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 12.40pm.It is expected to end at 2pm.