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No Royal in the Red Wall? HRHs have only attended England football matches this century

02 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Prince William celebrates England’s first goal against Germany at Wembly in the Euros (Image: BBC)

The Royals have not attended a football match played by a home nation other than England this century.

The last person to attend a Wales football match was Prince Andrew in 2009 in Azerbaijan, prior to their World Cup qualifying match in Baku – but he did not stay to watch them play.

According to figures compiled by the Scottish National, the royals have attended more England football games in the past two weeks than they have matches played by Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland combined in the past two decades.

At Euro 2020, Prince William has so far attended two England games, against the Czech Republic in the group stages and Germany in the round of 16.

The lack of Royal attendance is no reflection of their success in major tournaments as in that time both Wales and England have this century only ever reached as far as the semi-final of a Euros or World Cup. No Royal attended Wales’ quarterfinal or semi-final at Euros 2016.

The most recent record of a Royal attending a match by a home nation apart from England came in 1998 when Prince Edward watched Scotland’s World Cup game against Norway.

Prince William is the president of the Football Association, a role he has held since 2006 according to the royal.uk website. It adds: “Within this role, he has supported the provision of world-class facilities for our national team.”

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Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe
29 days ago

They are called the English monarchy.
The clue is in the name!

Chris
Chris
29 days ago

Good. The Hanoverian English prince is nothing to do with us. Neither is the English name for us. We are Cymru and we need no princes

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
29 days ago

Would we really want them playing GSTQ again? It’s now fully installed as England’s anthem so why would a royal attend a Wales or Scotland match?

Chris
Chris
28 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Good point. They only like going places where people sing a nice song about Grandma’am being save by some God and murdering the Scots
Good riddance to them.

Glen
Glen
29 days ago

Just imagine the ‘warm’ reception he’d get if he turned up to a Wales game at the CCS.

Welsh football fans are a completely different breed to the subservient egg-chasers.

Jack
Jack
29 days ago

Surprised the house of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha isn’t supporting Germany tbh

Alan Reilly
Alan Reilly
29 days ago

If someone had told his uncle there were going to be kids there, he’d have put in an appearance.

defaid
defaid
29 days ago

I read the title and immediately thought “Good thing, too”.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
28 days ago

He and his father are no more Prince of Wales than my dog. They probably wouldn’t know where Wales is. We are better off without them. Cymru am byth 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

R W
R W
28 days ago

Let”s just keep it that way!

William Habib Steele
William Habib Steele
26 days ago

They are the royalty of England. Consider the Queen’s title, Elizabeth II. She’s the first of the UK, but sees the other countries of the UK as Greater England.

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