Why is Prince George called England's 'lucky charm'? William comforts son after Euro 2020 loss
Following England's "heartbreaking" loss at the 2020 Eurocup finals against Italy, Britain's future monarch Prince George was seen being comforted by dad Prince William, at the stadium. George's sullen, disappointed look was a stark contrast to his ecstatic celebration at the beginning of the match when England scored a goal within less than two minutes of the game. England's devastating loss in the penalties was not foreseen, especially by fans of the soccer team who were sure their "lucky charm" aka Prince George's presence would help them breeze through the finals. But Italy seemed to have other plans and George's charm - although infectious at the game - wasn't able to work its magic this time.
Ahead of the match, it had been reported that soccer-fanatic William had been urged by social media to bring his oldest son to witness the Euro 2020 finals. The reason behind this enthusiasm for happens to be the seven-year-old great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth proving himself quite the lucky factor at the quarter-final matches. After George was spotted cheering with his father for England as they historically beat Germany, social media was convinced he is the key to England's straight path to victory. And hence the mass request that came William's way on social media, to tag his son along for the finals.
William didn't disappoint fans, as he took both his son and his wife, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, to witness the finals, where England had already made history by just reaching the endgame. After surprising fans with his appearance at Wembley for the July 3 quarterfinals, the Three Lion's "lucky charm" George was one of the 66,000 people in the Wembley crowd on July 11, cheering as England went 1-0 up in the first two minutes. As the team inched closer to bringing home the trophy after a 55-year gap, little George was thrilled, beaming at his father lunging in excitement, and hugging his mother as they all celebrated.
Unfortunately, George's lucky charm failed to keep Italy's Leonardo Bonucci from nabbing an equalizer in the 67th minute, that drew the match to penalties and led to England's ultimate loss. Dressed in a crisp suit and tie, George looked devastated as William's eyebrows stayed furrowed and Kate could be seen burying her face in her palms. The Duke and Duchess's official Twitter account however asked the team, and their fans to "hold your heads high". Calling the results "heartbreaking," the tweet congratulated the Italian soccer team - Azzurri, for their victory. To England, they said "You’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves — I know there’s more to come."
The Duke and Duchess also sang God Save the Queen before kick-off. Kate reportedly had to rush to make it in time for the 8 pm kickoff, after spending the day at Wimbledon for the finals between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. George's attendance happened after he had reportedly "begged" his parents to take him to the finals. George apparently "twisted their arms" to get to the stands and the choice of suit was his dad's as "George idolises him", revealed a royal expert to The Sun. Duncan Larcombe also told OK! magazine: "That’s why we saw him looking so smart in his suit—he really wanted to dress like William."