Jubilant Prince William hugs goal hero Bukayo Saka as England make Euro semi-finals | Royal | News

The Prince of Wales couldn’t contain his excitement following England’s latest Euro win against Switzerland as he hugged goal scorer, Bukayo Saka, at the end of the “nail-biting” match in the tunnel.

Prince William, who is president of the FA, was snapped congratulating the Three Lions and in particular, giving a massive embrace to the 22-year-old player.

Wearing a navy suit and a football print tie, William congratulated Saka after England won against their opponents to penalties after finishing 1-1, and Saka scoring in a stunning equaliser.

In a personal message, the Prince of Wales posted on his official X account: “Nail biting to the very end. Well done @England! Semi-finals here we come! We believe. W.”

William was also seen out of his seat and punching the air after England scored in the 80th minute, around five minutes after Switzerland scored the first goal.

Football and royal fans alike were quick to comment on the image that appeared on social media. On X, user, @cquiller1, wrote: “William looks so proud. He is holding Bukayo like he is George or Louis.”

Another fan wrote: “The Nation is almost as proud of Bukayo Saka as Prince William is.”

Whereas football fan @dentonlass exclaimed: “That’s a great Photo ..Saka played phenomenal he’s a brilliant footballer well deserved acknowledgment from our wonderful Prince William.”

William watched the game from the stands with the likes of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti and former Portugal ace Luis Figo.

Known for his passion for the game, William was on the edge of his seat and was even spotted with his head in his hands at one point.

England’s Euros journey will continue with a semi-final against the Netherlands in Dortmund on Wednesday – the Netherlands also beat Turkey 2-1 on Saturday night.

The Switzerland clash was Southgate’s 100th game in charge of the senior national team and his 24th match as England manager at a major tournament – nine more than anyone else in history.

The Danish monarch had been joined by his youngest daughter, Princess Josephine. Although the royals were rivals for the evening, William and Frederik exchanged friendly greetings and were seen laughing together and enjoying the game on several occasions.

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