Prince Charles gets royal band to play ‘Three Lions’ ahead of England Euros semi-final

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have sent a special message to wish the England football team good luck in their semi-final Euros match this evening with renditions of Three Lions and Sweet Caroline sounding out from the gardens of Clarence House.

The Prince of Wales invited the Band of the Coldstream Guards to play instrumental versions of the rousing Euro 2020 anthems at his London residence on Tuesday in support of the men’s team’s quest to reach their first major tournament final since 1966.

The soldiers, in their pristine bright red tunics and bearskin hats, stood in the sunshine at the heir to the throne’s London base, trumpeting out the melodies on their brass instruments.

A royal source said of the England match: “Both Their Royal Highnesses will be closely following the outcome.”

Three Lions, with its popular “It’s coming home” lyric, was penned by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner with the Lightning Seeds in 1996.

It continues to be the anthem for England fans during major tournaments and saw a resurgence in popularity during the 2018 World Cup, and echoed around Wembley during the 2-0 win against Germany.

Supporters have also been chanting Sweet Caroline – the 1969 hit by American songwriter Neil Diamond – and it was belted out in a victory chant after the Germany game.

Manager Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the “incredible” fans and their singing of the song in a post-match interview.

“To hear them at the end… I mean, you can’t beat a bit of Sweet Caroline, can you? That’s a belter, really,” Southgate said.

Charles’s eldest son the Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the FA and a supporter of Aston Villa, will be at the Wembley match this evening where England take on Denmark.

Click here to watch the video of the Coldstream Guards playing at Clarence House.

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