Prince William looked excited as he supported England in the team’s semi-final against Denmark at Wembley this evening.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, looking dapper in a suit, was seen clapping from the stands as he cheered on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.
He was joined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as Danish royals Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, and her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their 15-year-old son, Prince Christian, who also attended the highly anticipated event. . competition.
But while Prince William represents the British monarchy, his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was forced into self-isolation after she came into contact with someone who tested positive – despite being double stabbed and testing negative for the virus itself.
Prince William looked excited as he watched England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semifinals at Wembley today
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, cheers on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad at Wembley on Wednesday
The royal, who paired his smart outfit with a red and blue striped tie, was joined by fellow VIPs who were able to watch the game inside Wembley – including former football legend David Beckham.
The Danish press have taken up arms since it first emerged that their country’s royal family would watch England’s national team play live at Wembley Stadium while millions of Danish football fans were forced to watch the Euro 2020 semi-finals from home.
The country’s biggest newspaper Ekstra Bladet was among royals including Australian-born Crown Princess Mary and her son when they left for London yesterday to witness the much-anticipated clash.
Newspaper editor Henrik Qvortrup lambasted in an editorial that ‘blue blood gives immunity in everything’.
However, the Danish royal family hit back at the criticism and instead insisted that it was ‘natural’ to ‘represent Denmark’ in the match.
He was joined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as the Danish royals as they watched from the stands
Taking to the stands, the royal looked dapper in a navy suit and red and blue striped tie and was seen applauding the troops.
Under an agreement between the UK government and UEFA, 2,500 VIPs including royalty, politicians and football officials will skip quarantine so they can watch matches live.
Meanwhile millions of Danish supporters were forced to stay at home and watch it on their TV.
Only 6,000 Danish expats living in the UK have been allocated tickets among the 60,000 spectators at Wembley.
Fans living in Denmark were told not to travel otherwise they would violate their mandatory 10-day self-isolation.
Danish fans vowed to ‘come by sea like Vikings’ as they raged at Covid rules, with one Prime Minister Boris Johnson messaging on Instagram directly and writing: ‘Why aren’t Danish fans allowed at Wembley? If you don’t let us get on the plane, we will do it like in the old days and come by sea. Get ready for Danish sausage, w*******.’
William is pictured having an animated chat with Peter McCromick, interim chairman of the English Football Association in the stands before the game
The English-language Copenhagen Post wrote: “The storm over minor entry requirements, which ensured no Danish fans were able to travel to support their team in the Euro 2020 semifinals on Wednesday, quickly escalated into the biggest humiliation for the country since England. The Navy bombed Copenhagen in 1807. Some observers even say it was fraudulent.’
Mr Qvortrup, editor of Extra Bladet, saw red at the hypocrisy of allowing VIPs to enter England for the match. He wrote in an editorial: ‘The Posh is welcome. Others don’t.
“We couldn’t have interpreted it any differently when Danish fans were not allowed to travel to England and watch the national team, while those in the most expensive seats were allowed.
Prince William represents Britain’s own monarchy after the Duchess of Cambridge was forced into self-imposed exile after he made contact
The Duke of Cambridge looks focused on the game as he applauds Gareth Southgate’s squad
‘The British authorities have strict limits on football fans who pay and create the atmosphere and excitement of football, but at the same time roll out the red carpet for people with VIP status and money.
‘Extra Bladet has been informed that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley. Royal crown couple and Prince Christian. (…) As we all know, blue blood provides immunity in all things.’
The minister reportedly agreed a deal with UEFA to free officials, politicians and sponsors from travel restrictions so they can go to the semi-finals and finals. But the VIPs, estimated to number in the ‘low thousands’, had to remain in the ‘bubble’ for the duration of their visit, according to reports.
The Duke of Cambridge was one of the VIP guests at the game, and joined the likes of David Beckham in the stands
The stand erupts into cheers and supporters hug as England score during the Euro semi-finals
Prince William joined the national anthem during the game as he sat near Boris Johnson
The deal comes after UEFA threatened to move the match to Hungary unless the British government eased coronavirus travel restrictions for its officials and sponsors.
As part of the deal, some 2,500 VIPs will be allowed into the country and given special permission to bypass regular travel restrictions, according to the Times newspaper.
Currently, much of Europe is on the UK’s ‘yellow list’, which would normally force arrivals into quarantine for 10 days. But under the plan, which the Telegraph said was negotiated by Boris Johnson’s chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, the window for quarantine-free entry would be opened for VIPs.