Sadiq Khan announces Trafalgar Square celebration as England's Lionesses win Euro 2022

Sadiq Khan announces Trafalgar Square celebration as England's Lionesses win Euro 2022
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Tom Evans

By Tom Evans

Published: 01/08/2022

- 07:44

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 10:47

The Mayor of London has announced a "celebration event" in the capital as the nation comes together after England's remarkable Euros win

Thousands look set to descend on central London after England's Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Victory secures England's first major tournament title since 1966 – and the country is now coming together to celebrate.

Up to 7,000 supporters will have the opportunity to join the team at an event hosted by veteran player Alex Scott – and BBC pundit – in Trafalgar Square from 11am on Monday.

Announcing the event, London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote on Twitter: "Happy to announce that a #WEURO2022 fan celebration event will take place at Trafalgar Square tomorrow with our @Lionesses to mark their historic victory.

"Up to 7,000 supporters can attend on a first come, first served basis from 11am."

England players celebrate with the trophy following victory over Germany in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022.
England's Lionesses beat Germany in the final to win Euro 2022
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Fans celebrate the final whistle in Trafalgar Square, London, after watching the screening of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final held at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022.
Fans celebrated in Trafalgar Square on Sunday
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The free entry event will feature live music from DJ Monki, a showing of tournament highlights and a Q&A involving the players and manager, Sarina Wiegman, before the trophy is lifted.

It comes after the Queen praised the team, saying their “success goes far beyond the trophy”.

She said in a statement: “My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women’s Football Championships.

“It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.

“The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise.

“However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

“You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.

“It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”

The Duke of Cambridge was among those supporting from the sidelines, and after the match he said it had been “wonderful to see history in the making”, while captain Leah Williamson dubbed it “the proudest moment of my life”.

Williamson said she could not stop crying after the win.

Those in the crowd at Wembley included England men’s captain Harry Kane and Tory leadership hopeful Liz Truss.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who watched the match from home with his children Wilfred and Romy, praised the team on their “stunning” victory.

Ms Truss's Tory leadership rival, Rishi Sunak, tweeted a photograph of himself cheering on the team and said the Lionesses had “won the hearts” of the country.

Supporters who attended the match described the team’s win as a “victory for girls across the country”.

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