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Prince William celebrates as Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins sends England to Euro 2024 final - 'What a beauty!'

The King also encouraged Gareth Southgate's squad to "secure victory" in a hilarious message

Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
Updated: 2 days ago
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The Prince of Wales hailed Ollie Watkins' last-minute goal as England soared into the Euro 2024 final, with Prince William, a devout Aston Villa fan, writing: "What a beauty, Ollie! Congratulations England! #EURO2024 Finalists W."

It came as the King encouraged Gareth Southgate's side to "secure victory before the need for any last minute wonder-goals or another penalties drama" to alleviate the stresses on the nation's "collective heart rate and blood pressure". 

In a personal message to the England boss, after the final whistle blew in their semi-final against The Netherlands on Wednesday night, Charles wrote: "My wife and I join all our family in wishing you the warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the U.E.F.A. European Championship – and in sending our very best wishes for Sunday's match.

"If I may encourage you to secure victory before the need for any last minute wonder-goals or another penalties drama, I am sure the stresses on the nation’s collective heart rate and blood pressure would be greatly alleviated! Good luck, England." It was signed off with Charles R. 

The Three Lions fell behind after seven minutes to a Xavi Simons strike but a controversial Harry Kane penalty, awarded by VAR, brought the scores level ten minutes later.

Harry Kane of England celebrates after he scores his team's opening goal from the penalty spot © Getty
Harry Kane scored a penalty to equalise

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins then scored a 90th-minute winner to send England through to face Spain in the final on Sunday. 

Ollie Watkins and Marc Guehi celebrate England's win© Getty
Ollie Watkins and Marc Guehi celebrate England's win

HELLO! understands that William could not be at the semi-final in person due to work commitments.

It comes after the future king was animated in the stands at the Dusseldorf Arena in Germany as he watched the Three Lions' nail-biting quarter-final match against Switzerland last Saturday.

Prince William of Wales in the stands during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between England and Switzerland © Getty
William went through all the emotions during England's quarter-final match against Switzerland

William was seen with his head in his hands before punching the air with delight as Gareth Southgate's squad got through extra time and a penalty shootout.

Prince William congratulates Bukayo Saka© Getty
William congratulated the players, including Bukayo Saka

The prince was then pictured congratulating the players in the tunnel after the game, including Bukayo Saka, Trent Alexander-Arnold and John Stones.

Passionate football fan

William, who is a passionate Aston Villa fan, has also long supported the national teams at various tournaments in recent years.

Prince William and Ollie Watkins© Getty
William, pictured with Ollie Watkins, visited the England squad at St George's Park in June

He was joined by wife Kate and their eldest child, Prince George, as England reached the Euro 2020 final against Italy in July 2021.

But sadly the Three Lions were beaten by the Italians during a penalty shootout.

WATCH: William consoles George as England lose to Italy in Euro 2020 final

William also presented the trophy to the Lionesses following their historic Euro 2022 win against Germany.

Prior to the match, he shared a good luck message to the team alongside daughter, Princess Charlotte.

Prince William presented Leah Williamson with the UEFA trophy © Getty
William presented the Lionesses with the Euro 2022 trophy following their win against Germany in the final

But in 2023, he faced criticism for not attending the England women's team's World Cup football final against Spain in Sydney.

It was the first time the Lionesses had reached the final of a World Cup, and the first time an England football team had competed in a World Cup final since the men’s side beat West Germany in 1966.

A difficult dilemma

With England set to face Spain in the Euro 2024 final at Olympiastadion Berlin on Sunday 14 July, the Prince of Wales faces a tough dilemma.

The football match coincides with the Men's Singles Final at Wimbledon, and typically William would join his wife, the Princess of Wales, at the tennis tournament.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte react in royal box at Wimbledon© Getty
William and Kate were joined by George and Charlotte at the Men's Singles Final 2023

However, it has not been confirmed whether Kate will make an appearance at the Championships this year, given her ongoing cancer treatment.

If she's unable to participate in the trophy presentation as tradition in her role as patron of the AELTC, William could potentially step in for his wife.

However, given the Prince's role as President of the FA, he is likely to travel to Germany to support England in the final.

Euros 2024: get to know the Three Lions

Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden in England kits

Star players 

England are the bookmakers' favourites to triumph in Germany, and with three star players like these, it's no surprise...

  • Harry Kane  – Captain and striker
  • Jude Bellingham  – Attacking midfielder/Forward
  • Phil Foden – Attacking midfielder/Forward

Highest earners

Football is renowned for astronomical player wages, and England boasts some of the games most well remunerated ballers...

  • Jude Bellingham is the highest earner of the Three Lions with a reported weekly salary of £343,718.58. 
  • Harry Kane earns a reported £343,656.43 per week. 
  • John Stones is the third highest earning player with a reported £250,000 weekly salary. 

Goal threat

With a team packed with goalscorers, it would be an abject failure should they fail to make the net bulge with regularity... 

  • Harry Kane is England's all-time top scorer with over 400 goals for club and country. 
  • Phil Foden has enjoyed his best-ever season for Manchester City, claiming 17 goals and eight assists.
  • Bukayo Saka has scored 11 goals for his country and has been named England men's player of the year for the past two seasons.

High-profile WAGs 

It's not just the action in the stands that enthralls at major tournaments, England's WAGs line-up also garners attention. Here are three of its most high-profile members...

  • Dani Dyer: Love Island winner has been in a relationship with West Ham star Jarred Bowen since 2021, and the pair welcomed twin girls in May 2023.
  • Iris Law: Jude's daughter (Law not Bellingham) is believed to be beau'd-up with Liverpool player Trent Alexander-Arnold. 
  • Laura Celia Valk: Dutch model boasting more than half a million Instagram followers is understood to be dating Jude Bellingham.

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