Queen Elizabeth II, on Saturday, expressed her hope for good luck for the England football team, in the European Cup final against Italy on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.
The Queen, who attended the final of the 1966 World Cup, when England won the title at the expense of West Germany at Wembley, wrote in her message: “55 years ago I had the opportunity to hand the World Cup to Bobby Moore, and I saw what it means for the players, management and technical staff, to reach the final of the World Cup. Big on football and win it.
Since that meeting, England have not reached the final of any major tournament, and under the leadership of coach Gareth Southgate, they have the chance to win the first European Cup title in the history of the “Three Lions” team.
The 95-year-old, who handed Germany the Euro 1996 in England, is not expected to be at Wembley on Sunday.
Her grandson Prince William, a huge football fan and president of the English Football Association, will represent the royal family. “I want to convey my congratulations and my family’s congratulations to all of you on reaching the final of the European Cup,” she added.
“I send you my best wishes for Sunday in the hope that history will remember not only your success, but also the state of mind, determination and pride you displayed.”