Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent good luck messages to the England team ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate’s side have reached the European Championship title match for the first time, ending England’s 55-year wait for a major final appearance.
“Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament,” she wrote.
“I send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
Her grandson, Prince William, is set to be the senior royal representative at the final in his role as president of the English Football Association.
Meanwhile, Johnson praised England’s stars for lifting the nation’s spirits with their run to the final.
In an open letter to Southgate and his England squad, Johnson wrote: “I wanted to congratulate you and all the players on your amazing performance and achievement in this Euro 2020 tournament.
“For most people in this country, it is the first time this has happened in all their lives.
“You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too.”
He attended England’s semi-final victory against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.
Johnson wore an England pin on his blazer as he was pictured holding up a flag in Downing Street.
“We are not just hoping or praying. We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad,” he added in his letter.
The English editions of many of Britain’s Sunday newspapers devoted their front pages to the historic match.