International Royals

Count Nikolai and Queen Letizia in Sydney for FIFA Women's World Cup

But where was Prince William?

By Emily Sturgess
After our mighty Matildas lost their semi-final match against England, the Lionesses went on to play Spain in the final with a couple members of royalty in attendance.
Queen Letizia of Spain flew in to Sydney with her 16-year-old daughter Infanta Sofia to cheer on their home team in the FIFA Women's World Cup final.
Also spotted at the match was Count Nikolai of Denmark with his girlfriend Benedikte Thoustrup who both currently live and study in Sydney.
Queen Letizia was presented her own personal jersey by the Spanish team. (Image: Getty)
23-year-old Count Nikolai of Denmark snuck under the radar posting a photo of Spain getting awarded the FIFA WWC on his Instagram story, tagging Stadium Australia just like a local. His girlfriend, 24-year-old Benedikte Thoustrup, also posted on her Instagram story, celebrating the football crowd in Sydney.
Count Nikolai of Denmark's Instagram Story post at FIFA WWC final in Sydney. (Image: Instagram)
The Queen of Spain and Infanta Sophia were photographed at the FIFA Women's World Cup final, cheering on their home country to a 1-0 victory.
Her Royal Highness hugged and kissed the Spanish team players to show her gratitude and to congratulate them on winning the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Queen Letizia of Spain hugs Eva Navarro during the trophy ceremony. (Image: Getty)
This is not the only time the Spanish royal has supported the Spanish women's football team, with the sporty royal cheering them on at a training session in June 2023.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation quoting that she "ended her visit with a motivational speech that resonated deeply with the players and coaching staff."
One notable royal absence was Prince William, who many thought would make the trip to support the Lionesses in the final.
Queen Letizia supporting the Spanish Women's World Cup team in Madrid. (Image: The Royal Spanish Football Federation)
This was a monumental moment in football history, as both Spain and England had never made it into the FIFA Women's World Cup final before. With a highly competitive competition this year, all the countries who have previously won, including the United States, Germany, Japan, and Norway, did not make it past the semi-final.