Watch Coldstream Guards belt out 'Three Lions' ahead of England Denmark semi-final

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Watch: Three Lions played at Clarence House at Prince Charles’s request

Prince Charles wished the England squad the best of luck as he requested two football anthems to be played by a royal band ahead of the Euros semi-final on Wednesday evening.

Charles, 72, asked the Coldstream Guards to play Three Lions and Sweet Caroline outside Clarence House, his official London residence, to show support for Gareth Southgate's men.

The prince and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Wales on their annual week of engagements there, but are said to be following the tournament, despite the Welsh team being knocked out by Denmark in the round of 16.

Sharing the video, Charles and Camilla added: "Best of luck to the #ThreeLions

in your semi-final Euros match tonight!"

A royal source told PA of the England match: "Both Their Royal Highnesses [Charles and Camilla] will be closely following the outcome."

The soldiers wore their bright red tunics and bearskin hats as they stood in the sunshine in the royal courtyard, and played the tunes which have been sung by England fans over the last few weeks.

The Band of the Coldstream Guards plays 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' in the gardens of Clarence House in London on July 6, 2021, ahead of England's UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final football match against Denmark on July 7. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Band of the Coldstream Guards plays 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' in the gardens of Clarence House. (Victoria Jones/AFP)
The Band of the Coldstream Guards plays 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' in the gardens of Clarence House in London on July 6, 2021, ahead of England's UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final football match against Denmark on July 7. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Charles requested the band play the England anthems at his London home. (Victoria Jones/AFP)

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Charles' son William will be attending the match at Wembley on Wednesday evening, which kicks off at 8pm.

He took his wife Kate and his son Prince George to the match against Germany, but Kate is now self-isolating after being told she had been in close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.

It rules her out of going with her husband, but it's not known if George would go along with his dad.

Three Lions was written by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner with the Lightning Seeds in 1996, when England got to the semi-final of a major tournament.

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond has become a sporting anthem, first picked up by cricket and darts fans before football fans took it on too. Fans of William's team, Aston Villa, have been singing it since 2019, and the players sang it in the locker room after their promotion that year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 6: The Band of the Coldstream Guards play 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' in the gardens of Clarence House ahead of England's Euro 2020 semi-final game against Denmark on July 6, 2021 in in London, England. In support to the England Football Team as they approach their Semi-Final match in the UEFA Euro Championships on Wednesday evening The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall invited the Band of the Coldstream Guards into the Clarence House Garden to play the following pieces: Three Lions – Composed by Ian Broudie, arranged by Oliver Jeans and Sweet Caroline – Composed by Neil Diamond, arranged by Tim Waters.  (Photo by Victoria Jones-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall invited the Band of the Coldstream Guards into the Clarence House Garden. (Victoria Jones-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 6: The Band of the Coldstream Guards play 'Three Lions' and 'Sweet Caroline' in the gardens of Clarence House ahead of England's Euro 2020 semi-final game against Denmark on July 6, 2021 in in London, England. In support to the England Football Team as they approach their Semi-Final match in the UEFA Euro Championships on Wednesday evening The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall invited the Band of the Coldstream Guards into the Clarence House Garden to play the following pieces: Three Lions – Composed by Ian Broudie, arranged by Oliver Jeans and Sweet Caroline – Composed by Neil Diamond, arranged by Tim Waters.  (Photo by Victoria Jones-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
They played Three Lions and Sweet Caroline. (Victoria Jones-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Manager Southgate said the fans' singing was "incredible" and added: "To hear them at the end… I mean, you can’t beat a bit of Sweet Caroline, can you? That’s a belter, really."

If England beat Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday it will be the first time they make it into the final of a major competition since 1966, when they won the World Cup.

The match kicks off at 8pm.

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