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Prince Charles and William send messages to Welsh football team ahead of Euro showdown

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Prince William and Prince Charles have sent messages of support to the Welsh football team ahead of their Euro 2016 clash with Portugal on Wednesday night. The squad, managed by Chris Coleman, are just one game away from making it through to the final of the tournament, and the Princes said that each of the players had done their country proud.

"I have been hugely inspired by your team's performance in Euro 2016. Your togetherness, passion and sense of self belief - shown by the entire squad - has been unmatched throughout the tournament," the Duke of Cambridge said in a statement.


William, who is president of the English Football Association, then went on to reveal he will be watching the match with his brother Harry.

"Harry and I will be watching the game from home tonight cheering you on. We are all now celebrating your success, and hope it continues throughout the final".

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Wales are just one game away from reaching the finals of Euro 2016

His father, Prince Charles, who is currently on a visit to Wales, said: "As you prepare for what will be – so far – the most important night in the history of Welsh football, I did just want to send you all my special thoughts and wishes."

He continued: "Throughout the whole championship, you have set an inspiring example of teamwork and sportsmanship and I have no doubt that in this latest game you will continue to give your country even greater cause for pride.

"Your historic achievements have already earned the support not only of Wales, but of the whole United Kingdom, and I hope you will know just how much we are all willing you on to further success."  

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Prince Charles sent a good luck message to the team ahead of their Portugal match

Wales have been the surprise contenders at this year's championship, reaching their first semi-final at their only major tournament since 1958. Ahead of Wednesday's match against Portugal, manager Chris said told reporters: "We'll be the underdogs, but we believe in each other."

More than half of Wales' population of three million are expected to watch the game  - eclipsing the national TV record for a sporting event, which was only set on Friday for Wales' 3-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium.