Queen Sent Off in Extra Time

Currently reading An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain by John O’Farrell, an entertaining and informative reminder of history that I actually lived through. I’m up to 1966 and the general lack of interest and jingoistic euphoria until the final at Wembley:

Now the excitement really started to spread. Harold Wilson offered himself to comment on the match at half-time, while Scotland’s Denis Law played a round of golf. The most famous game of football in English history was to be played against West Germany in front of 98,000 fans including the Queen.

Swearing and smelling strongly of beer, Her Majesty staggered through the turnstiles in a replica shirt and draped in the national flag, before it was explained that, actually, she was supposed to be supporting England.

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