Princess Diana would have been very excited about this year's Super Bowl win. The Philadelphia Eagles reigned supreme on Sunday (Feb. 4), taking home the gold for the first time ever, and while soccer is a more popular sport in Britain the People’s Princess made no secret of the fact that she was a fan of American football. In fact, she wore her affinity on her sleeve!
The late royal formed a loyalty for the Eagles after meeting team statistician Jack Edelstein at Princess Grace’s funeral in 1982. Though the old friends have both tragically passed – Diana in 1991 and Jack in 2008 – the legacy of the late royal’s love of the NFL team has lived on in photos. Shortly after her death, Jack remarked about her passion to the Philadelphia Daily News, saying, “She thought football was like soccer. She asked, ‘What are your colours?’ I said, ‘Green and silver.’ She said, ‘Those are my favourite colours.’”
It was clearly a match made in football heaven. A Philadelphia Eagles varsity jacket was custom-made especially for the mother of two, and it quickly became one of her favourites. She was pictured donning the team’s colours on many occasions. In one specific instance, she wore the coat while dropping off her precious sons, Princes William and Harry, at London Wetherby’s Prep School in 1991.
It’s no secret that sport run through royal blood, from football to horseback riding to soccer. Prince William played the latter for many years himself, never shying away from showing his love of Aston Villa. His adorable kids Princess Charlotte and Prince George even have their own uniforms to represent their doting dad’s team! Queen Elizabeth is also known for her commitment to athletics, and she doesn’t discriminate – in her early reigning days, Her Majesty was often pictured at college football games, tennis matches and soccer tournaments, not to mention the fact that she still rides horses in her 90s.