The Queen has paid tribute to the lioness of England on her stunning historic victory after defeating Germany in the Euro 2022 final at Wembley.
The country was rejoicing as the England women’s team became the first senior England team to win a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup on Sunday night.
In a message to the team, Her Majesty the Queen said the Royals’ “heartfelt congratulations” went to the players, calling it a “significant achievement”.
She said: “This is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff. The championships and your performance in them have earned you a true appreciation.
“However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have earned. You all have set an example that will be an inspiration for the girls and women of today and for generations to come.
“It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are at the result today.”
The team was praised after defeating Germany 2–1 in front of a crowd of 90,000, including the Duke of Cambridge, in a nail-biting game.
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Trafalgar Square turned into wild celebrations as England made both women’s football and sporting history, with revelers chanting “It’s coming home”.
Also among those who congratulated England was Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who called it a “surprising victory”.
“Soccer pitches across the country will be filled like never before by girls and women inspired by your victory,” he said.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The country cannot be too proud of you today. The talent and determination you have shown throughout the tournament is unbelievable.”
Adele, who joined the cheering crowd cheering the lioness at Wembley, said the victory was a “game-changer”.
She said on social media: “You did it!! Ghar aa gaya!! Congratulations lioness what a game changer!! So proud.”
Comedian David Baddell, who recorded the classic football anthem, Three Lions, said he could finally say the song’s lyrics “It’s Coming Home”.
Fans celebrate the final whistle in Trafalgar Square (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Meanwhile, England men’s team captain Harry Kane said: “Absolutely unreal scene at Wembley!! Many congratulations to the wonderful @Lionnesses!!”
Delighted fans who came out of the stadium spoke of their joy at the occasion, with one saying “the girls finally brought football home”.
Mary Kane, 33, of Macclesfield, said: “We’re glad, it’s historic, it was magic there and a breakthrough moment for the women’s game.”
Robin McAlpine, 23, who lives in London, said the evening was “super emotional”.
She said: “The atmosphere of being in a women’s match was very friendly and seeing everyone back off the team. The vibes were great. ,