Queen Letizia’s Trip to the Women’s World Cup Final Is Causing a Headache for Prince William

Queen Letizia’s Trip to the Women’s World Cup Final Is Causing a Headache for Prince William

It will be a royal affair at the final of the Women’s World Cup in Sydney on Sunday. Queen Letizia of Spain has announced she will jet out to Australia to cheer on the national team as they tackle England’s Lionesses in the hotly anticipated match.

Accompanying Queen Letizia on the whirlwind trip Down Under will be her youngest daughter, Infanta Sofia, 16, who will no doubt relish the opportunity to watch the exciting game live. King Felipe VI (who was spotted in the royal box for the Wimbledon men’s final earlier this summer) will miss out due to conflicting duties. Their eldest daughter Princess Leonor, the future queen of Spain, started her three years of military training earlier this week.

Prince William was on hand to congratulate the Lionesses after their win over Germany in the final of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

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Notably absent, however, will be Prince William, who has come under fire for missing the match despite being President of the Football Association and an avid supporter of both the men’s and women’s teams. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is also missing the final but will be represented by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.

The Prince of Wales has been an outspoken supporter of the Lionesses throughout their campaign, albeit from afar. He has shared a number of personal messages of congratulations as England achieved extraordinary results, culminating in the semifinal win over Australia. He wrote: “What a phenomenal performance from the Lionesses—on to the final! Commiserations to @TheMatildas, you’ve played brilliantly and been fantastic co-hosts of this World Cup.”

The then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought Prince George along to watch the men’s team at Euro 2020.

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In a statement posted to social media, the king added: “My wife and I join all our family in sending the mighty Lionesses our warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the World Cup, and in sharing our very best wishes for Sunday’s match.”

The Lionesses are on a roll, with an incredible year of success under their belt. In 2022 they won the UEFA Women’s Euro championship, a huge cause of celebrations after England’s men’s team just missed out on achieving the same accolade. If the Lionesses win on Sunday, it will be the first World Cup victory for any England women’s or men’s team since the Lions’ historic win in 1966.

This article first appeared on Tatler.


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