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‘An inspiration’: Queen praises Lionesses, says stars’ success ‘goes beyond the trophy’


‘An inspiration to girls and women’: Queen hails the Lionesses on their historic victory over Germany in the Euro 2022 final, saying the success of the England stars ‘goes far beyond the trophy you have won”

  • Queen announces Lionesses’ ‘significant achievement’ minutes after heroic victory
  • In a message signed ‘Elizabeth R.’, she said: ‘Your success goes far beyond the trophy’
  • Monarch, 96, added: ‘You have all set an example which will be an inspiration’
  • A record 87,192 fans were at Wembley, with an incredible 19.5 million television viewers

The Queen (pictured in Scotland four weeks ago) celebrated the Lionesses as ‘an inspiration to girls and women today and to generations to come’

The Queen announced the Lionesses’ incredible Euro win at Wembley on Sunday as a “meaningful achievement” and an “inspiration to girls and women”.

Her Majesty, 96, sent the message minutes after last night’s dramatic extra-time win over Germany.

The monarch wrote: “My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to all of you for winning the European Women’s Football Championships.”

“This is a significant achievement for the whole team, including your support staff.

“The Championships and your performance in them have rightly earned praise,” she said in the statement, signed by “Elizabeth R.”

She added: “However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you so deserved.”

“You have all set an example that will inspire girls and women today and generations to come.

“I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of today’s result.”

‘An inspiration’: Queen praises Lionesses, says stars’ success ‘goes beyond the trophy’

The Queen, 96, wrote: ‘I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today’

‘An inspiration’: Queen praises Lionesses, says stars’ success ‘goes beyond the trophy’

The royal was beaming as he shook hands with Beth Mead, who fought a fierce battle tonight

‘An inspiration’: Queen praises Lionesses, says stars’ success ‘goes beyond the trophy’

The Duke of Cambridge couldn’t contain his excitement as he shook hands with the players

Her grandson Prince William attended the game tonight, with Princess Charlotte sending a message of support for the England women’s team.

The future king was all smiles as he shook hands with the players, hugged captain Leah Williamson and praised Chloe Kelly who scored the decisive goal against the opposing team in extra time.

It had been a tense 90 minutes with flying tackles and yellow cards punctuating a high-energy game, watched by Prince William in the crowd.

But the introduction of Ella Toone appeared to have settled it after she broke to fizzle a shot past helpless German keeper Merle Frohms watched by a stadium-record 87,192.

‘An inspiration’: Queen praises Lionesses, says stars’ success ‘goes beyond the trophy’

Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly, who scored the decisive goal against Germany in extra time, were delighted as they celebrated the dramatic victory, which for long periods seemed doubtful.

There was heartbreak minutes later as Magull fought his way to equalize, devastating England fans across the country.

With just ten minutes to go, the game found itself poised on a knife edge with the ultimate prize at stake.

The stalemate could not be broken, entering another agonizing 30 more minutes of extra time which at first produced nothing more.

But Kelly wasn’t about to let the game go to penalties and chose the biggest stage in the world to score his first-ever international goal.

She overpowered Germany keeper Frohms to propel England to a 2-1 lead and put the game beyond doubt.

An estimated 19.5 million people watched the game on TV.

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