Prince George cheered on England with his parents, nattily dressed in a red and blue tie and sharp blazer. The couple’s oldest son, 7, looked much like his similarly attired father, the President of the Football Association. Kate honored her country’s colors by sporting a white blazer.
George expressed an ebullient reaction to England’s early goal during the match, laughing wildly while looking at his father and clapping. He then went in for a hug with his mother during the celebration.
George’s full-on cheer became an instant meme on British social media.
Before the game, William shared a video message on Instagram wishing the entire team “the very best of luck.”
“To every member of the England team on and off the bench, just want to wish you the very best of luck for tonight. What a team performance it’s been,” he said. “Every member of the squad has played their part. All the background team has well have been truly essential.”
“You bring out the very best of England and we’re all behind you. The whole country is behind you. So bring it home,” he added.
Also in attendance at the game were the impressively suited David Beckham and Tom Cruise, who celebrated the early England goal with a fist bump.
The celebration was short-lived. After Luke Shaw’s early goal, Italy tied the score before regulation. Italy went on to win in a penalty shoot-out that broke England’s heart.
The view of the despondent royal family, summed up the national heartbreak.
“Heartbreaking,” William wrote, before addressing the English team. “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. W. “