Prince George reflected the mood across the nation as his exuberant joy made way for despair as England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Joining his parents Kate Middleton and Prince William in a VIP box, seven-year-old George cheered in jubilation as England took the early lead but ended the night looking devastated after the team lost on penalties – with the Duchess of Cambridge unable to watch the scenes unfold.
A solemn-faced Prince William, who has been vocal in his support of the Three Lions, put his hands on his son’s shoulders in a moment of support as the game reached its dramatic conclusion.
Meanwhile Kate, who had spent the day at Wimbledon with her father, placed her head in her hands and was unable to watch as she stood next to her husband and son during the nail-biting game.
William’s personal disappointment was clear in an Instagram post he shared minutes after the end of the match, which read: ‘Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzuri on a great victory. @England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your hads high, and be so proud of yourselves – I know there is more to come. W.’
The royals joined VIPs including David Beckham, Kate Moss and Tom Cruise, as well as Boris and Carrie Johnson, in the box at Wembley tonight.
The game ended on a 1-1 draw and went into extra time before ending in penalties. Despite two saves by Jordan Pickford, England missed three consecutive penalties and Italy were crowned the champions of Europe in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley.
Such a promising start… It was a different story in the early minutes of the match, when George celebrated Luke Shaw’s early goal
Disappointment: Reflecting the mood of football fans across the country, seven-year-old George cheered in jubilation as England took the early lead – but ended the night looking devastated after the team lost to Italy in penalties
Long drive home: The family, with George sat in the middle of the passenger seat between William and Kate, looked downbeat as they left Wembley yesterday evening following the game’s dramatic ending
Always next year, son: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their eldest son appeared to be in solemn mood following England’s loss
The Duchess of Cambridge, in patriotic red and white, casts a glance at photographers as the royal car pulls out of the stadium
The family’s Range Rover was seen leaving the VIP exit at Wembley Stadium around 11pm yesterday evening
Earlier, Kate put her head in her hands at the end of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship final between Italy and England
What’s to come: William counted out on his fingers ahead of the penalty shootout, while George was thoughtful
How it unfolded: Kate listened intently as William explained something, while George had his eyes fixed on the pitch
Prince William’s personal devastation was made clear in this Instagram post, which read: ‘Heartbreaking. Congratulations @Azzuri on a great victory. @England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your hads high, and be so proud of yourselves – I know there is more to come. W’
Kate Middleton’s red beaded earrings
The royal’s earrings were from the London-based independent jewellery designer Blaiz
The Duchess of Cambridge cut an elegant figure in a white Zara blazer, white top and red statement earrings as she watched the Euro final at the Wembley Stadium.
The royal’s earrings were from the London-based independent jewellery designer Blaiz and were worn in a nod to the England team’s colours.
The red teardrop, statement beaded earrings are currently priced at £65 on Blaiz’s website.
The royals started the evening in high spirits, with Prince George allowed to stay up late for the special occasion. George, who also joined his parents for the England vs Germany match, looked smart in a blazer, shirt and striped tie for the occasion, in a look that mirrored his father’s own smart ensemble.
Meanwhile Kate looked elegant in a white Zara blazer, white top and red statement earrings from London-based independent jewellery designer Blaiz – in a nod to the England colours.
After joining his parents for the national anthem, George threw his arms out and shouted in pure joy as Luke Shaw powered England to an early lead over Italy in the opening minutes.
The young royal then hugged his mother Kate, 39, in a moment that captured the unbridled excitement of millions across the nation before the night eventually ended in disappointment after England lost in penalties.
Earlier Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli revealed that Prince William wanted his son George to wear an England shirt to tonight’s match – but Kate Middleton was ‘not so keen’.
For her part, the Duchess of Cambridge looked typically polished in a white Zara blazer, top and statement red earrings by London brand Blaiz – in a nod to the colours of the England strip.
She made a quick dash across London to make it to Wembley in time for the final, after joining her father at Wimbledon today to watch Novak Djokovic win the men’s singles trophy.
Earlier, the Duchess of Cambridge cut an elegant figure in a Beulah London dress and £30 heels from Aldo, but she swapped the summer outfit for a more practical Zara blazer and trouser combination for tonight’s game.
Speaking today, Ms Bartoli revealed Prince George wanted to wear an England top to the match, rather than the smart shirt and blazer he ended up wearing.
She shared the revelation while providing commentary at the men’s singles final at Wimbledon this afternoon between world number one Novak Djokovic and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Observing that just a handful of spectators at Centre Court were wearing Three Lions shirts, the French tennis star said: ‘Yesterday I had an afternoon tea with the duchess and it was very much a discussion whether George will be allowed to wear the jersey tonight at Wembley or not.
Prince George hugged his mother as England went 1-0 up against Italy in the opening minutes of the Euro 2020 final
Prince George looked thrilled as he cheered on Luke Shaw’s goal in the opening minutes of the match at Wembley tonight
The seven-year-old prince’s face was a look of pure joy as he gazed up at his father Prince William in the moments after
Kate Middleton leaned down to celebrate with Prince George after England’s early opening goal this evening
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have brought their son Prince George to cheer on the Three Lions at Wembley tonight
The young royal is an avid football fan and supports Aston Villa like his father. Tonight marks his second outing at the tournament, following the England vs Germany match. He dressed to match his father Prince William (right)
The Duchess of Cambridge made a quick dash from Wimbledon to join William and George at Wembley tonight
The Duchess of Cambridge leaned down to speak to her son as Prince William chatted to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin
The Duchess of Cambridge leaned down to chat to Prince George ahead of the match at Wembley tonight
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined VIPs including Boris and Carrie Johnson (bottom left) at Wembley today
Prince George looked smart in his blazer, tie and shirt to match his father’s outfit as they watched the match tonight
The royals had their eyes glued on the pitch as they watched England’s valiant effort against Italy tonight
Prince George looked elated when Shaw scored the early goal against Italy in tonight’s game
‘William was for it, Kate not so keen, so we’ll see.’ She also revealed that Kate likes her tea with ‘just a dash of milk’ while the Duke of Cambridge ‘puts some sugar in it’.
It is unclear if Ms Bartoli broke royal protocol by revealing what she discussed with the Duchess of Cambridge.
George, seven, did not attend last week’s football semi-final against Denmark, but went to Wembley to watch England’s clash against Germany at Wembley with his parents – dressed in a suit, tie and shirt.
As she arrived at Wimbledon today, Kate crossed her fingers for England’s bid for Euros glory while her ‘excited’ husband William praised Gareth Southgate’s squad and enthused: ‘The whole country is behind you’.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince William ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley tonight
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream blazer with statement red earrings as she joined her husband and son at Wembley
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to bring along their seven-year-old son to the game despite the late start
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sung the national anthem with their seven-year-old son Prince George
Kate Middleton and Prince William led supporters in the box at Wembley on Sunday night
William shared a video message on Twitter in which he wished manager Southgate, Three Lions captain Harry Kane and ‘every member of the England team on and off the pitch’ the ‘very best of luck’.
The duke, who is also the President of the FA, appeared to be crossing his fingers for victory while at Wimbledon yesterday, where he and Kate attended the grand slam to watch Australia’s Ashleigh Barty win the tennis Championship in an epic three-set final against Karolina Pliskova.
William said: ‘Gareth, Harry and to every member of the England team on and off the pitch, just want to wish you the very best of luck tonight. What a team performance it’s been, everyone in the squad has played their part. All the backroom team as well have been truly essentially.
‘I can’t really believe this is happening. So exciting and I just wish you the very best of luck. You bring out the very best of England and we are all behind you. The whole country is behind you. So, bring it home.’
The duke’s grandmother the Queen paid tribute to the ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ of the squad in a good luck message. In her written message, the monarch recalled presenting the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore after England beat then West Germany in the World Cup – almost six decades ago.
Prince George looked in awe at the scene around him as he joined Kate and William at Wembley tonight
Prince William pointed something out to his son as the family enjoyed the Euro 2020 final at Wembley tonight
Kate Middleton gave a nod to the England strip by wearing a cream blazer and statement red earrings
A beaming Kate spoke to her son as they watched the match at Wembley, in which England took an early lead
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George joined VIPs including the Beckhams and Tom Cruise in the box
Boris and Carrie Johnson (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George (right) at Wembley this evening
Kate Middleton and Prince William let their son Prince George stay up late for tonight’s match
The royals led the supporters as the Three Lions went head-to-head with Italy at Wembley this evening
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George turned out to watch the Three Lions
The young Prince looked smart in a shirt, blazer and trousers, but reportedly wanted to wear an England jersey
Seven-year-old prince George looked thoughtful ahead of the match at Wembley tonight
The young prince is an avid football fan who supports Aston Villa like his father and looked excited to be there tonight
Prince George joined his parents in clapping England ahead of tonight’s match – and soon became overwhelmed with excitement
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge let their oldest son stay up late to watch the match against Italy this evening
She said: ‘Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.
‘I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Southgate and the players had ‘already made history’ by reaching the final, writing: ‘You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too. We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad.’
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and England ended up losing the match on penalties.
It is unclear if Ms Bartoli broke royal protocol by revealing what she discussed with the Duchess of Cambridge, who is attending today’s Wimbledon singles final before making her way to Wembley to join her husband and son Prince George to watch the Euro 2020 final
Kate Middleton at Wimbledon today crossing her fingers ahead of the Euros final against Italy at Wembley
He appeared to be crossing his fingers for victory while at Wimbledon yesterday, where he and his wife Kate Middleton attended the grand slam to watch Australia’s Ashleigh Barty win the tennis Championship in an epic three-set final against Karolina Pliskova
The Queen (left) congratulated Gareth Southgate and the England players for reaching the Euro 2020 final and praised their ‘spirit, commitment and pride’, while Boris Johnson praised the ‘band of brothers’ (right)
Euro 2020: Prince George, Prince William and Kate Middleton watch England vs Italy