Prince William didn’t have any plans to attend the international soccer friendly between France and England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night. But after the events that transpired in Paris last Friday, he made them.
That’s right. Staring the gruesome face off terrorism right in its eyes, the Duke of Cambridge made the royal decision that he would be attending the match between the two English Channel rivalries as both a show of solidarity to the people of France and an adamant “FUCK YOU” to the terrorist scums of the earth that are ISIS, three of whom blew themselves up outside the Stade de France as France played Germany last Friday evening.
Prince William, the husband, father, and president of the English Football Association who sits squarely in line to be the next King of England, will be sitting amongst the people in the Wembley crowd on Tuesday, unafraid and courageously unwavering in defiance. Because if you let the terrorists affect the things that should be normalcy in your life, then they start to win. And that is never okay.
A number of tributes to Paris are planned during the soccer match, including the playing of the Marseillaise, (The French national anthem) after “God Save the Queen,” which is not usually done. There will also be a moment of silence to remember the victims of Friday’s Paris attacks prior to kickoff.
Both teams will wear black armbands during the game. Eonline reports that “the England team will make a gesture of solidarity to the French team prior to kickoff.” A coach for England’s team told the BBC tomorrow’s game will not be a “normal friendly” one following the attacks on Paris.
“I can’t deny there’s something hanging over which is far, far greater than a football match,” English coach Rob Hodgson admitted, saying he felt the the match will have “massive global significance.”
That “massive global significance” will be a demonstration some 90,000 strong of why terrorism will never win. And with Prince William in the ranks, it will surely be as resilient and steadfast as ever.
I love this move, your majesty.