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.
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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.
Charles shares his playlist.
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.
Still no picture of Baby Lili.
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.
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 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.
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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