They’d called it a dream and Denmark’s next two monarchs saw their wishes become reality as they cheered on their country’s football side in a crucial Euros 2020 game. Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian were on hand to see Denmark go through to the knockout stages of the competition after a hard fought campaign and the hospitalisation of one of the nation’s star players.
As Denmark got ready to take on Russia in a make or break match on June 22nd 2021, the heir to the throne and his own heir took to Instagram to show their support for their team. Frederik and Christian were pictured on their way into the game, in Copenhagen, with the message ”the dream lives – we hope for victory!’.
Their dream came true as Denmark ran out victors with an emphatic 4-1 win which guaranteed they finish second in their group and go on to play in the last 16 of the tournament. They will face Wales in the knock out stage but with the game being played in Amsterdam, it’s unclear whether the full force royal support that Denmark have enjoyed so far in the competition will continue.
The Danish Royal Family have attended all three group matches in Copenhagen and Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were among the first to react following their debut game which saw Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch where medics battled for 45 minutes to save his life. Immediately following his transfer to hospital, Frederik and Mary sent a message thanking all those who had helped the player. Christian Eriksen continues to recover.
Other royal families in Europe have also shown their support for their nation’s footballers in the tournament which is being played across the continent a year later than intended having been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. King Felipe VI attended Spain’s opening match in Seville. King Willem-Alexander headed out to a fan zone in The Hague ahead of one of his country’s matches to meet supporters although his trip caused some controversy when a government minister criticised him for shaking hands and standing too close to others.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge is set to attend England’s last group match at Wembley on June 23rd 2021.