It's not often that you get a personal tweet on the Kensington Royal account but after England's big win at the World Cup, the Duke of Cambridge wasted no time in taking to social media to join in the celebrations. Prince William, President of the Football Association, sent a personal message to the team after the famous victory over Colombia in Moscow.
William's message was the essence of an England fan on top of the world - the team had just gone through to the quarter finals of the contest for the first time in twelve years and won their first ever penalty shoot out in the World Cup. The Duke of Cambridge wrote
I couldn’t be prouder of @england - a victory in a penalty shootout! You have well and truly earned your place in the final eight of the #worldcup and you should know the whole country is right behind you for Saturday! Come on England! W— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 3, 2018
The message was finished with a 'W' indicating the duke had sent the message himself, sharing it with the accounts 1.58 million followers and earning over 27,000 likes in just a few hours.
The Duke of Cambridge, who became President of the Football Association in 2006, spent time with the England squad as they trained before Gareth Southgate and his team headed to Russia for the championship. Months before it had been confirmed that members of the Royal Family would not travel to Russia for the World Cup following the attack on former spy Sergie Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.
The England team, led by Harry Kane, beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after the captain had initially put them in the lead with a penalty in the 57th minute. Mina equalised for Colombia three minutes into stoppage time before a tense thirty minutes of extra time ended in penalties. Southgate, who so famously missed a spot kick for England in the 1996 European Championships, steadied his team to watch them make history. No wonder William took to Twitter, it was a night to remember for fans across the country.
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