England parade plans in place for possible Euro 2024 final success after Netherlands win

England's Ollie Watkins celebrates after the 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands
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The England team will be honoured with a parade ahead of a visit to Buckingham Palace if they win the UEFA Euro 2024 final against Spain on Sunday.

Ollie Watkins’ last-gasp strike catapulted England into their second Eurso final in as many tournaments. The victory set up a difficult fixture against three-time Euro winners Spain, who most recently secured the Henri Delaunay trophy in 2012 having won it four years previously too.

Spain have arguably impressed most during the tournament but England will gain confidence from a solid performance last night to add to a last-minute equaliser and a penalty shoot-out victory in previous rounds.

If England beat Spain they will secure their first-ever Euros title and first major tournament victory since the defeat of West Germany in 1966 World Cup. Geoff Hurst was key that day for Sir Alf Ramsey’s side with a stunning hat-trick at Wembley.

King Charles III congratulated the England squad on their victory with a statement on Wednesday, which read: “My wife and I join all our family in wishing you the warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the U.E.F.A. European Championship - and in sending our very best wishes for Sunday’s match.

“If I may encourage you to secure victory before the need for any last-minute wonder goals or another penalties drama, I am sure the stresses on the nation’s collective heart rate and blood pressure would be greatly alleviated! Good luck, England.”

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The parade is expected to begin at Guildhall in the City of London to the palace while also making a stop at Trafalgar Square on Tuesday. Prince William, who has attended matches at the tournament, is expected to lead the proceedings with a trip to Downing Street to meet new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer also on the agenda. London hosted a victory parade in 2012, to recognise the achievements of Team GB at the Olympics and previously in 2003 after England won the Rugby World Cup.

A video was shared of Starmer celebrating England's equalising goal on Wednesday evening despite being flanked by Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof. The Labour Party Leader is a keen football fan and previously showed his support for Gareth Southgate during his recent General Election campaign.

While attending the NATO summit in Washington, he said: "I went to the last Euros finals. I don't want to go through that again so I don't want to jinx anything.

"We must mark it in some way but the most important thing is getting it over the line on Sunday."