The semi-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was an incredibly thrilling match but ultimately, England’s Lionesses were victorious over Australia’s Matildas 3-1, and will now play in the final on Sunday August 20, 2023 against Spain.
This win prompted King Charles to congratulate the English team. The official Instagram of the royal family posted a message, penned by Charles himself, that read:
“My wife and I join all our family in sending the mighty Lionesses our warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the World Cup, and in sharing our very best wishes for Sunday’s match.”
However, the King also commended the Matildas for their efforts before saying they and the Lionesses were both ‘inspirational’.
“While your victory may have cost the magnificent Matildas their chance for the greatest prize in the game, both teams have been an inspiration on and off the pitch – and for that, both nations are united in pride, admiration and respect.”
Prince William and Princess Catherine also took to social media to congratulate England and give their condolences to Australia.
The Prince and Princess of Wales posted on their Instagram story, “What a phenomenal performance from the Lionesses – on to the final! Commiserations Matildas, you’ve played brilliantly and been fantastic co-hosts of this World Cup.”
The royal family weren’t the only ones who tuned in to watch England play against Australia; millions of Aussies tuned in to support the Tillies!
According to the OzTAM audience measurement system (the system that keeps track of how many people are watching free-to-air television in Australia), the semi-final had a national average audience on Seven and 7plus of 7.13 million – making it the most watched TV program since OzTAM started in 2001.