Why Queen Letizia of Spain’s trip to the Women’s World Cup is causing problems for Prince William
It will be a royal affair at the final of the Women’s World Cup in Sydney on Sunday. has announced she will jet out to to cheer on the national team as they tackle England’s Lionesses in the hotly-anticipated match. Accompanying her on the whirlwind trip Down Under will be her youngest daughter Infanta Sofia, 16, who will no doubt relish the opportunity to watch the exciting game live. (who was spotted in the Royal Box for the men’s final earlier this summer) will miss out due to conflicting duties. Their eldest daughter , the future queen of Spain, started her three years of military training earlier this week. Notably absent, however, will be , who has come under fire for missing the match despite being President of the Football Association and an avid supporter of both the men and women’s teams. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is also missing the final but will be represented by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. has been an outspoken supporter of the Lionesses throughout their campaign, albeit from afar. He has shared a number of as England extraordinary results, culminating in the semi-final win over Australia. He wrote: ‘What a phenomenal performance from the Lionesses - on to the final! Commiserations to @TheMatildas, you've played brilliantly and been fantastic co-hosts of this World Cup.’ In a statement posted to social media, the King added: ‘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.’ The Lionesses are on a roll, with an incredible year of success under their belt. In 2022, they won the UEFA Women's Euro championship, a huge cause of celebrations after England’s men’s team just missed out on achieving the same accolade. If the Lionesses win on Sunday, it will be the first World Cup victory for any England women's or men's team since the Lions' historic win in 1966.