The guards played a medley of football anthems outside Buckingham Palace to show their support for the England women’s team ahead of the Euro 2022 final against Germany on Sunday
Queen’s Guard show their support for Lionesses
The Queen ‘s Guard showed their support for the Lionesses today with a very special rendition of a fan favourite.
A medley of football anthems including Sweet Caroline and the Match of the Day theme tune was played during the changing of the guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Family shared a video of the performance to its official Twitter account, writing: “There was some special music at today’s Changing the Guard…”
The Army in London also tweeted a clip, posting: “Well done and good luck to the @lionesses!
“The @ColdstreamBand and @GrenGdsBand played a medley of football music on the Buckingham Palace forecourt to celebrate the amazing achievement by England’s Lionesses in getting to the Women’s Euros Final tomorrow!”
Social media users praised the “incredible” and “utterly superb” performance ahead of the Euro 2022 final between England and Germany on Sunday.
One wrote: “Brilliant, good luck to the Lionesses”, while another tweeted: “Now that is epic – what a way to start off the day.”
A third added: “Utterly superb! Come on Lionesses!!”
And a fourth said: “This is incredible. Note perfect… bring it home girls.”
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Political leaders also voiced their support for the England women’s team, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson paying tribute to the “astounding talent” of the Lionesses squad.
He wrote a letter to the team telling them they had inspired girls and women across England to “know beyond any shadow of a doubt that football is not just for boys”.
Mr Johnson said: “Your passion for the game, your tenacity in tricky spots, and above all your astounding talent on the pitch have already created a summer of fantastic memories for millions of us.
“You can see it in the sold-out stadia, in the packed fan zones, in the small children dancing wildly to Sweet Caroline and the TV viewing figures that have seen records crumbling almost as comprehensively as Sweden’s defence did in the semi-final”.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also passed on his best wishes and said he hopes to see history made on Sunday.
He said: “As a parent, I know how vital it is to see strong, successful role models in sport. What you and your team have accomplished this summer will not just be celebrated as a great moment for English football but as one that encouraged and inspired young women like my own daughter”.
Sir Keir attended the Lionesses’ semi-final victory over Sweden on Tuesday which he said would “live long in the memory”.
He added: “It’s coming home!”.
England will take on eight-time champions Germany, looking to secure the first piece of major silverware in the history of the women’s team.
They are back in a major final for the first time since losing 6-2 to the Germans to finish runners-up at Euro 2009.
Germany have won 21 of the 27 meetings between the teams, including the 2009 Euro final, but Sarina Wiegman’s England were victorious the last time they met earlier this year.
England beat Sweden 4-0 in the semi-final at Bramall Lane on Tuesday.
The match comes a year on from England’s men’s Euro 2020 final defeat at Wembley to Italy on penalties.