How football has paid tribute to late royals over the years


    A compilation of images showing a tribute to the queen at a football game, a younger Queen with Sir Bobby Moore and Princess Diana the FA Cup.
    The Royal Family has a close relationship with football (Picture: Action Images via Reuters/Getty Images)

    Football in the UK came to a standstill last week when it was announced that Queen Elizabeth had died at Balmoral at the age of 96.

    The Premier League postponed all ten of its fixtures at the weekend, with the English Football League, Scottish, Welsh and Irish FAs also postponing matches as a mark of respect to Her Majesty The Queen.

    Across her 70-year reign, the late monarch attended 11 FA Cup finals and was on hand to present the winning captain the trophy at the end of the Wembley showpieces.

    And she famously handed Booby Moore the Jules Rimet trophy after England won the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany.

    The Her Majesty’s Grandson Prince William is the President of the Football Association, who throughout their history have honored and remembered other royals upon their passing.

    Let’s take a look a look at how football has paid tribute to late royals over the many years.

    Queen Elizabeth II

    Following on from the postponements of matches across the UK, it has been reported that the Premier League are set to introduce further measures to pay their respects to Her Majesty this weekend.

    The Queen at the 1996 European final
    The Queen has seen more finals than most (Picture: Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

    The Independent claims that the national anthem will be played before games, and managers will be encouraged to wear suits and lead their teams out onto the pitch at the start of matches.

    The League are also proposing to introduce a minute’s applause in the 70 minute of games – the number of years the Queen had reigned on the throne.

    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    Premier League and English Football League matches still went ahead after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021.

    A minute’s silence was held before all matches in the UK to remember the Prince’s life, and players wore black armbands during games.

    Flags at St. George’s Park and Wembley Stadium were flown at half-mast, whilst the Wembley Stadium arch was turned purple following the Duke’s death.

    Prince Philip at 1963 FA Cup Final
    Prince Philip greeted players before the 1963 FA Cup final (Picture: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty)

    Then-Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho payed tribute to The Queen’s beloved husband, saying: ‘I would like to express my condolences to the Royal Family and to be very honest and say I have a deep, deep, deep respect for the Royal Family, so my deepest condolences.

    ‘I believe it is not just this country that is going to be sharing these feelings, because I’m not English and I know that many like myself, we have the utmost respect.

    ‘I have only positive feelings for the meaning of the family.’

    The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied The Queen to many football fixtures across the years, including the Euro 1996 final between Germany and Czech Republic at Wembley.

    Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

    Football continued following the death of The Queen Mother in March 2002.

    The Queen Mother presents a trophy
    The Queen Mother died in 2002 (Picture: The Print Collector/Getty)

    The full fixture list of games in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland went ahead as planned.

    However, a minute’s silence was held before games and players wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

    Flags were also lowered at half mast on FA buildings to honour The Queen Mother, who was a remarkable 101 when she passed away.

    Princess Diana

    The country came to an abrupt standstill in August 1997 following an immense outpouring of grief at the loss of Princess Diana.

    On the weekend of Diana’s death, it was the fifth matchday of the 1997/98 season, with eight fixtures played on the Saturday before the Princess died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Princess Diana at 1988 FA Cup Final
    Princess Diana often took in football as part of her royal duties (Picture: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty)

    The only game scheduled for later that day was Liverpool vs Newcastle, but the match was cancelled when the sad events in Paris were confirmed.

    The Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers, which was scheduled for the day after Diana had died, was also postponed.

    Diana’s funeral took place on Saturday, September 5, with matches rescheduled for either the Friday before or Sunday after.

    A minute’s silence was held before matches, with outpourings of grief from fans visible in stands up and down the country.

    King George VI

    Queen Elizabeth II’s father King George VI died in February 1952, but FA Cup games still went ahead in the evening.

    King George VI greets Newcastle players
    The national anthem and Abide With Me were sung for The King (Picture: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    The following weekend’s league matches also went ahead as planned across the UK.

    But before matches, the national anthem and Abide With Me – which is usually reserved for FA Cup final day at Wembley – were sung in stadiums by players and fans alike in moving renditions to honour the late King.

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