The Brits cheered on the women's soccer team through social media

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated June 28, 2015 11:15 AM
Credit: Kensington Palace/Twitter

The England women’s soccer team, the Lionesses, have some major fans rooting them on as they progress to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals for the first time in their team’s history.

Both Prince William and former soccer player David Beckham took to social media to issue their support for the team, who defeated Canada 2-1 in the quarter-finals in Vancouver on Saturday.

William, 33, who serves as president of the British Football Association, expressed his excitement over the landmark win through the Kensington Palace official Twitter account.

“Congratulations to both the English and Canadian teams for such a great game in the Women’s World Cup quarters,” the Duke of Cambridge Tweeted, adding, “As President of the FA I’m thrilled to see the England women progress to the semis for the first time.”

The new dad visited with the Lionesses before the Cup at their training center in Burton upon Trent in May.

William posed for photos with the women during the visit and was also gifted a mini soccer jersey with ‘Charlotte’ and a number ‘1’ printed on the back.

“This team is making history and I can’t wait to see them in action against Japan,” he continued on Sunday. “The Lionesses are doing their country proud.”

Beckham, 40, also had words of encouragement for the team, sharing a photo of the women on his Instagram account.

“Girls what a performance,” he wrote on Sunday.

The soccer star, who’s played in three FIFA World Cup tournaments himself, added, “We are so proud of what you have achieved and the passion you have shown gives us so much pride.”

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