Queen Elizabeth didn’t just love to support the British football teams on the field, in fact, the monarch enjoyed getting into the game herself when playing against her royal family members.
According to royal biographer Robert Jobson, when Queen Elizabeth joined the game, she played an extremely important role and was ready to take down her royal opponents. “During holidays — Christmas and the New Year at Sandringham and most of the summer holidays at Balmoral — the whole family would play football, with the diminutive queen acting as a goalkeeper,” Jobson explained in his book, “Charles at Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams” (via the Daily Star). Yet, while it was known the queen was a fond football player, neither Jobson nor Buckingham Palace revealed how often the queen played with her family or when the queen stopped playing the sport.
Off the field, however, Queen Elizabeth remained a devout football fan throughout her life — though fans and the Brits were never able to pinpoint the queen’s favorite football team. But now, following the queen’s death, as certain teams within the Premier League have chosen to postpone their games — and others have not — maybe the teams are dropping a hint that one of their biggest fans just so happened to be the queen.