Prince William shines as he gives football shirts to Louis, George and Charlotte
The Duke of Cambridge received the gifts for his three children during a trip to visit the Lionesses of England as they trained ahead of next month’s European Championships on home soil.
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The Duke of Cambridge smiles as he holds up football shirts for his young children from the Lionesses of England ahead of next month’s home Euros.
Prince William, chairman of the Football Association, joined the squad as they trained ahead of the final squad announcement.
After standing on the sidelines with head coach Sarina Wiegman, the 39-year-old Aston Villa fan showed what he can do on the pitch as he was stuck with some of the team exercises.
After touring the team’s facilities at Burton upon Trent, he joined the players and staff for lunch.
Then he was delighted when he was presented with shirts printed with the names and ages of his children to wear during the tournament, which kicks off on July 6 when England take on Austria at Old Trafford.
The Duke’s official Twitter account later said: “Wishing the @lionesses ahead of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 this summer.
“A major tournament on home soil is an exciting prospect and it’s clear the players are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to show what they can do.”
The current squad of 28 are expected to be reduced to 23 this afternoon at 5pm before the side play Belgium at Molineux tomorrow, with further warm-up matches against Holland at Elland Road and Switzerland in Zurich to follow .
The Duke’s smiles today were miles away from Monday when he cut a ‘stern and miserable figure’ at the Order of the Garter ceremony amid a row over his uncle Prince Andrew according to a body language expert.
The Royals made a ‘family decision’ to limit Andrew’s dishonored appearance on Garter Day to a backstage luncheon and investiture ceremony.
As a result, Andrew was not seen in public at the event, one of the most colorful on the royal calendar, after Prince Charles and William is said to have pressured the Queen about his participation.
It was later reported that William had warned he would withdraw from today’s ceremony if his disgraced uncle was allowed to attend.
William was said to have been “so alarmed” at the thought of Andrew taking part in the event, that he clarified that unless the Duke of York is barred from participating in public, he would not participate.
And according to body language expert Judi James, William seemed to almost hide and stay out of the spotlight during the event – and only perked up when he stood next to his wife kate and aunt Sophia Wessex.