Prince William faces a test in the European football final on Sunday

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William attended in his capacity as president of the English Football Association (a nice gig for the royal football lover), but in Sunday’s appearance he will also represent the Queen. After all, the Monarch can’t be expected to spend an entire 90-minute game at her age. Longer if it comes to overtime and penalties – imagine that! Actually no.

The Royals don’t go to games just for fun. As head of the nation, the Queen has a duty to act as “a focal point for national identity, unity and pride” and officially “to recognize success and excellence”. This is why the family was in full force at the London 2012 Olympics and other major national events or times of celebration. We Brits want them to applaud us and get excited with us when the going is right, just as we want them to do the opposite when we lose. They do not only represent us, they must also reflect the emotions of the nation.

The Queen is a master of the art of expressing the national mood, even when she seems to be expressing no emotion. This is how she connected with her subjects and remained relevant throughout her 69-year reign, although she actually has very little in common with them.

Princes Charles and William will have to do the same when they ascend the throne for their reigns to be so successful. The easy part of being a king will be the formal duties that come with being a head of state. The most difficult task is to accomplish these tasks in a way that gives the impression that it is on behalf of the public.

Sunday will then be a key test for Prince William, up there all alone in the stands as the cameras come to him in the highlights of the match, which will be watched by millions and could make history if fortune favors finally the English. . This is his chance to be associated with it.

If he can be anything like what the nation feels like, this will be his biggest opportunity yet to connect with his future subjects and show that he’s there for them like his grandmother always has been. It’s not just about a royal football fan showing up to watch a game, it’s about perpetuating the British monarchy and securing its place at the heart of the nation.

ROYAL TEA BREAK

With the football fever gripping England thanks to its exceptional performances in Euros, even Prince Charles launches into action. He invited the group of the Coldstream Guards regiment on Tuesday to play instrumental versions of two fan-favorite hymns in the garden of his London residence. The group performed the song “Three Lions”, with its ubiquitous lyrics “It’s coming home”, as well as the 1969 Neil Diamond hit “Sweet Caroline”, at Clarence House in support of the men’s team, which will face the Italy in Sunday’s final. Watch the musical performances here.
The group of Coldstream Guards performed
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WHAT IS HAPPENING

The Royals celebrate heroic health services.

The Queen awarded the George Cross, the UK’s highest honor for civilian bravery, to the National Health Service on her 73rd birthday on Monday. In a rare handwritten message, Elizabeth said NHS staff had ‘supported the people of our country with courage, compassion and dedication’. The George Cross was created by his father, King George VI, in 1940 at the height of the Blitz of WWII and recognizes “acts of the greatest heroism or the bravest in circumstances of extreme danger”. Prince William joined NHS staff in a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London before hosting a high tea party at Buckingham Palace.

The monarch hand-wrote her message when presenting the George Cross this year.

Charles shares his playlist.

The Prince of Wales has revealed some of his favorite songs, including one that made him “have an irresistible urge to get up and dance”. Les Trois Degrés, Diana Ross and Edith Piaf were all on Charles’ list, which he shared on an hour-long hospital radio show thanking health staff and volunteers for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic. See the full list here.

William gets back in the saddle for a charity polo match.

On Friday, the Duke of Cambridge will take part in a match at the Guards Polo Club. Out-Sourcing Inc.’s Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 will raise funds and awareness for several organizations that William and Kate support, Kensington Palace said. William has participated in several charity games over the years, often joined by his brother, the Duke of Sussex.

William and Harry take part in a charity polo event in 2019.

Still no picture of Baby Lili.

More than a month after arriving, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to release a photo of their daughter. While it’s unusual for a royal couple not to wink, this move is in line with the couple’s desire for less attention and scrutiny. Harry and Meghan are currently on extended parental leave after the birth of their second child, but continue to operate with their Archewell foundation. They issued a new call to action this week asking the public to share stories of compassion on their website.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

The Queen visited the set of the long-running television soap “Coronation Street” in Manchester on Thursday. Her mother was reportedly a fan of the Daily TV series and Prince Charles even made an appearance on the show in 2000 to mark his 40th birthday.

Speaking of Prince Charles, he got a chance to take a ride in a hydrogen powered car while visiting Riversimple, a green vehicle company in Wales (Watch an excerpt from the test drive here). The Prince of Wales, known for his passion for the environment, converted the engine of his own Aston Martin to run on surplus wine and whey, a by-product of cheese production.

Charles was on his annual weeklong tour of Wales this week, where he met members of the Bridgettines, an order of sisters, as he visited the St. Winefride guest house in the northeast county of Flintshire.

The Duchess of Cambridge put her reflexes to the test by visiting the Wimbledon Museum. Kate, who is the patron saint of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, is emerging from her isolation in time to attend the final matches this weekend. She had stayed at home after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for Covid-19. The Duchess is doubly vaccinated and regularly undergoes Covid-19 tests.

The Countess of Wessex took part in the British Driving Society’s Champagne Laurent-Perrier meeting at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor on Sunday. Horse-drawn carriage driving is a popular pastime with the Royal Family, especially the late Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip, who helped set the rules, even competed in the World Driving Championships in 1980.

Elizabeth, who was not on duty, looked delighted to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show last weekend.

“I can’t wait to get rid of it.”

The Duchess of Cornwall wearing face coverings.

Camilla remarked that she was anxious to ditch her face mask during a visit to Llanerch Vineyard in Wales this week. The last legal restrictions for Covid-19 in England could be lifted on July 19.



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