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King Charles and William reward England after reaching Euros ultimate

King Charles has cheekily urged England to avoid ‘more penalties drama’ for the sake of the nation’s stress levels – as he and Prince William congratulated the Three Lions on reaching the Euro 2024 final.

In a message to Gareth Southgate‘s side following England’s historic 2-1 win against the Netherlands, Charles sent the players the royal family‘s ‘very best wishes’ and ‘warmest congratulations’.

But the King quipped about the recent drama endured by England fans, including a last-gasp equaliser in the second round against Slovakia and a penalty triumph against Switzerland in the quarter-final, asking them to watch out for the nation’s blood pressure in the final clash with Spain.

He said: ‘My wife and I join all our family in wishing you the warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the U.E.F.A. European Championship – and in sending our very best wishes for Sunday’s match.

‘If I may encourage you to secure victory before the need for any last minute wonder-goals or another penalties drama, I am sure the stresses on the nation’s collective heart rate and blood pressure would be greatly alleviated!

King Charles (pictured) has cheekily urged England to avoid ‘more penalties drama’ for the sake of the nation’s stress levels

The monarch congratulated England on their 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday night

Aston Villa and England striker Ollie Watkins led the celebrations after scoring a 90th minute winner

Aston Villa and England striker Ollie Watkins led the celebrations after scoring a 90th minute winner

‘Good luck, England.’

It comes after more drama in the semi-final after Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins scored a 90th-minute winner to send them through to their first Euros final on foreign soil.

The Three Lions fell behind after seven minutes to a Xavi Simons strike but a controversial Harry Kane penalty, awarded by VAR, brought the scores level 10 minutes later.

The Prince of Wales, who is a Villa fan, also congratulated England and singled out Watkins for praise in a message on social media.

He said: ‘What a beauty, Ollie! Congratulations England! #EURO2024 Finalists.’

It is understood William, who is president of the Football Association, is likely to travel to Berlin for the final on Sunday. 

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, who was able to watch some of the game while attending a Nato summit in Washington DC, has confirmed he will attend Sunday’s final in Berlin.

Prince William also congratulated the England squad. He was not in attendance for the semi-final but he joined the wild celebrations when Bukayo Saka scored against Switzerland last Saturday

Prince William also congratulated the England squad. He was not in attendance for the semi-final but he joined the wild celebrations when Bukayo Saka scored against Switzerland last Saturday

At an Oval Office meeting with US President Joe Biden, Sir Keir was asked if football was coming home, and said: 'It looks like it.'

At an Oval Office meeting with US President Joe Biden, Sir Keir was asked if football was coming home, and said: ‘It looks like it.’

In a post on X, he said: ‘What a game @England and what a winner. Berlin here we come!’

He also suggested football was coming home following England’s semi-final win.

At an Oval Office meeting with US President Joe Biden, Sir Keir was asked if football was coming home, and said: ‘It looks like it.’

‘It’s because of the Prime Minister,’ Mr Biden replied.