The Duke of Cambridge has taken time out of his summer vacation to address the England football team in particular.
William, the FA’s president, congratulated England on reaching the Women’s Euro final with a 4-0 victory over Sweden.
As he tweeted: “Greetings, Lionesses! The entire nation is incredibly proud of everything you are accomplishing. We have faith in you and are committed to supporting you.”
He signed off with the letter “W,” signifying that it was directly from the heir.
Depending on which team advances to the second semi-final on July 27, England will either play Germany or France. The final is on July 31.
The royal revealed in early July that he would follow their progress throughout the Championships because he is an avid football fan. Prince William tweeted: “With an exciting summer of football ahead, the whole nation will be cheering you on!” as a hint at his plans for the season.
The royal paid the professional athletes a visit last month at their training facility. “This squad is already inspiring the next generation of women and girls to play football, reaping the mental and physical benefits of activity,” Prince William wrote alongside a photo he shared on social media.
The Duke spoke to the players after engaging in a brief session of shooting drills to express his immense pride. He said, “I will be watching what you’re doing and be watching the games with the children, and I’ll try to come along where I can to give my support,” in his heartfelt words.
The Cambridge family decided against taking a summer vacation abroad this year and instead chose to stay in the warm UK with their three kids.
The Duke and Duchess’ decision to spend the summer in the UK is also thought to have something to do with the extensive preparations they are making in advance of their anticipated move to Windsor.
According to reports, William, Kate, and their three children—Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4—are leaving Kensington Palace for a more sedate existence in the countryside.
In September, George and Charlotte are also anticipated to begin attending a new school.
The Cambridges would be closer to the Queen, who now resides permanently at Windsor Castle, thanks to their significant move from London.
Only a 40-minute drive separates Berkshire, where Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, reside, from Windsor, where her brother James also resides.
Kensington Palace will likely remain William and Kate’s home base while they are in London for business.