King Felipe of Spain cheers for his country.
King Felipe, 54, arrived at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday to watch the Spanish side’s first game. The king sat alongside Luis Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, where they watched Spain beat Costa Rica 7-0 – the highest margin ever for the national team at a World Cup. FOX football reported.
It remains unclear if King Felipe will stay in Doha for Spain’s next game (against Germany) on Sunday. Gert’s Royals Remarks that the Spanish sovereign will become the first senior European king to attend a World Cup match this year.
Even before it started, the elite event was embroiled in controversy surrounding its host city. Qatar has been criticized for its systemic discrimination against women and the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the reported deaths of 37 migrant workers who helped build the stadiums hosting the games The guard.
Although King Felipe saw the national team succeed on the field, his presence at the World Cup was chastised by some at home. According to AFP, Podemos political party’s Gerardo Pisarello said it was “unfortunate” for the palace to announce that the king is going to Qatar without “raising critical objections to what is happening there”.
Meanwhile, at least two future kings are unlikely to take part in the World Cup. Hi! previously quoted a Kensington Palace spokesman as reporting that Prince William would not be attending the Doha tournament due to his “busy winter schedule”.
Elsewhere in Europe, no members of the Danish royal family or elected officials planned to leave amid a change of government. The local earlier is reported month. AFP also notes that Denmark is among the most vocal critics of the World Cup in Qatar because of the country’s human rights record.
Although not there in person, both Prince William and Crown Prince Frederik are cheering on their teams from afar. William, 40, loaned special kits to Team England ahead of their departure last week and has since tweeted words of support for both the England and Wales teams.
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The Royal House of Denmark also posted a festive photo of Frederik, 54, wearing a scarf in the national colors on Instagram on Tuesday.
“The World Cup for Denmark begins ⚽️🇩🇰👏,” they tweeted. “Come on boys!”